trench knife



a short knife for stabbing, sometimes equipped with brass knuckles as a guard, used in modern warfare in hand-to-hand combat.

Nearby words

  1. trenail,
  2. trench,
  3. trench coat,
  4. trench fever,
  5. trench foot,
  6. trench mortar,
  7. trench mouth,
  8. trench warfare,
  9. trench, richard chenevix,
  10. trenchant

Origin of trench knife

First recorded in 1915–20 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for trench knife

  • Then with a veritable French trench-knife Madame cut the potatoes into long strips.

    Modern Essays|John Macy

British Dictionary definitions for trench knife

trench knife


a double-edged steel knife, often with a guard in the form of a knuckle-duster, designed for close combat

Word Origin for trench knife

C20: so called because such knives were carried by patrols in the Trenches during World War I

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