[ pon-yerd ]
/ ˈpɒn yərd /


a small, slender dagger.

verb (used with object)

to stab with a poniard.

Origin of poniard

1580–90; < French poignard, derivative of poing fist < Latin pugnus; see -ard
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/ (ˈpɒnjəd) /


a small dagger with a slender blade


(tr) to stab with a poniard

Word Origin for poniard

C16: from Old French poignard dagger, from poing fist, from Latin pugnus; related to Latin pugnāre to fight
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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.

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