Meaning of DAGGER in English


I. ˈdagə(r), ˈdaag-, ˈdaig- noun

( -s )

Etymology: Middle English, probably modification of Middle French dague, from Old Provençal or Old Italian daga


a. : a short knife used for stabbing — see anlace , dirk , misericord , poniard , stiletto ; compare bowie knife

b. : something resembling or suggesting a dagger especially in shape: as

(1) : the character † used typically to mark the name of a person who is dead and as the second in series of the reference marks — called also obelisk

(2) : the projecting part of a loom rod acting as a stopping device — compare frog 3i

2. daggers plural : hostility

there's daggers in men's smiles — Shakespeare

3. : dogshore

4. : dagger plank

- at daggers drawn

- look daggers

II. transitive verb

( -ed/-ing/-s )

1. : to pierce with a dagger : stab

2. : to mark with the dagger used in printing

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