dirk

[durk]
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verb (used with object)
  1. to stab with a dirk.

Origin of dirk

1595–1605; orig. Scots; of obscure etymology

Dirk

[durk]
noun
  1. a male given name, form of Derek.
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dirk

noun
  1. a dagger esp as formerly worn by Scottish Highlanders
verb (tr)
  1. to stab with a dirk

Word Origin for dirk

C16: from Scottish durk, perhaps from German Dolch dagger
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Word Origin and History for dirk
n.

c.1600, perhaps from Dirk, the proper name, which was used in Scandinavian for "a picklock." But the earliest spellings were dork, durk (Johnson, 1755, seems to be responsible for the modern spelling), and the earliest association is with Highlanders, however there seems to be no such word in Gaelic, where the proper name is biodag. Another candidate is German dolch "dagger."

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