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or kriss

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  1. creese.
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or crease, kris

  1. a short sword or heavy dagger with a wavy blade, used by the Malays.
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Origin of creese

1570–80; < Malay kəris (spelling keris)
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Historical Examples

  • Hassim, with an alert movement, grasped the handle of his kris.

    The Rescue

    Joseph Conrad

  • Some of them had matchlocks, but the greater part of them only spear and kris.

  • Harry and Abdool had both armed themselves with a kris and spear.

  • This is for—for your mother; only an envelope from Kris to her.

    Mr. Kris Kringle

    S. Weir Mitchell

  • I am only armed with a kris, and have no spear as thou hast,' he said.

British Dictionary definitions for kris


  1. a Malayan and Indonesian stabbing or slashing knife with a scalloped edgeAlso called: crease, creese
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Word Origin

C16: from Malay kris


  1. a rare spelling of kris
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Word Origin and History for kris


short Malay dagger with a wavy blade, 1570s, said to be a Javanese word.

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