bodkin

noun

bod·​kin ˈbäd-kən How to pronounce bodkin (audio)
1
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

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Icke also occasionally cues up some Bob Dylan songs, chosen for their on-the-bodkin lyrics. Helen Shaw, Vulture, 30 June 2022 Punishment 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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Word History

Etymology

Middle English bodekin

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of bodkin was in the 14th century

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Cite this Entry

“Bodkin.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bodkin. Accessed 26 Jan. 2023.

Kids Definition

bodkin

noun
bod·​kin ˈbäd-kən How to pronounce bodkin (audio)
1
b
: a sharp slender instrument for making holes in cloth
2
: a blunt needle with a large eye for drawing tape or ribbon through a loop or hem

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