bowie knife


bow·​ie knife ˈbü-ē- How to pronounce bowie knife (audio) ˈbō- How to pronounce bowie knife (audio)
: a stout single-edged hunting knife with part of the back edge curved concavely to a point and sharpened

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web Adams recklessly tossed aside his rifle and jumped down a bank to chase the wolf with his bowie knife. Gary Kamiya,, 7 July 2018 During a mob scene, Thumbelina stabs one of the movie’s villains with a bowie knife before jumping on a table and mowing down the police with a machine gun. Matthew Sedacca, New York Times, 29 Mar. 2018

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Word History


James Bowie

First Known Use

1830, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bowie knife was in 1830

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“Bowie knife.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 1 Jun. 2023.

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bowie knife

bow·​ie knife ˈbü-ē- How to pronounce bowie knife (audio) ˈbō-ē- How to pronounce bowie knife (audio)
: a large hunting knife with a single-edged blade

named for James Bowie

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