verb (used with object)
Origin of poniard
Examples from the Web for poniard
The two men who had brought in Don Tadeo appeared, poniard in hand.The Adventurers|Gustave Aimard
Yet still he laughed and clapped his hand upon his poniard in the old bold way.Master Skylark|John Bennett
He had seen the sheath since, but never the poniard, and now the sight of it was a blow through the heart.The Old Countess; or, The Two Proposals|Ann S. Stephens
The poniard had taken, fortunately, an upward direction—entering the left breast, and passing outwards to the top of the shoulder.
Every word was a poniard thrust piercing the depths of her heart.Scenes from a Courtesan's Life|Honore de Balzac
British Dictionary definitions for poniard
Word Origin for 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.