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bodkin

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noun bod·kin \ˈbäd-kən\

Definition of bodkin

  1. 1 a :  dagger, stiletto b :  a sharp slender instrument for making holes in cloth c :  an ornamental hairpin shaped like a stiletto

  2. 2 :  a blunt needle with a large eye for drawing tape or ribbon through a loop or hem



Origin of bodkin

Middle English bodekin


First Known Use: 14th century


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