- a small, slender dagger.
- to stab with a poniard.
Origin of poniard
Related Wordsblade, bayonet, sword, cutlass, poniard, stylet, switchblade, stiletto, bodkin, dirk, anlace, sidearm, skean
Examples from the Web for poniard
He remembered giving her this poniard on the very day of her crime.
Ask him if he did not see this poniard in her room while she lay unburied in the house.
"Let me look at the poniard," she said, with unnatural gentleness.
His instruments were a silver cup, a poniard, and a handjar.Tancred
It cut to the heart's palpitating centre like a poniard thrust.Other Main-Travelled Roads
- a small dagger with a slender blade
- (tr) to stab with a poniard
Word Origin and History for poniard
1580s, from Middle French poinard (early 16c.), from Old French poignal "dagger," literally "anything grasped with the fist," from poing "fist," from Latin pungus "fist," from PIE root *peuk- (see pugnacious). Probably altered in French by association with poindre "to stab." Cf. Latin pugnus "fist," pugio "dagger." As a verb from c.1600.