b: a sharp slender instrument for making holes in cloth
c: an ornamental hairpin shaped like a stiletto
2: a blunt needle with a large eye for drawing tape or ribbon through a loop or hem
Examples of bodkin in a Sentence
Recent Examples on the WebPunishment for cursing or disparaging a clergyman was having a bodkin — a large needle — driven through the tongue.
Michael E. Ruane, Washington Post, 27 Oct. 2017
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