dag·​ger | \ ˈda-gər How to pronounce dagger (audio) \

Definition of dagger

1 : a sharp pointed knife for stabbing
2a : something that resembles a dagger
b : a character † used as a reference mark or to indicate a death date
at daggers drawn
: in a state of open hostility or conflict
look daggers or stare daggers
: to stare angrily they looked daggers at each other across the table

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Other Words from dagger

daggerlike \ ˈda-​gər-​ˌlīk How to pronounce dagger (audio) \ adjective

Examples of dagger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Even with the cloak-and-dagger tactics to keep the talks secret, the format grinds slowly along for a time. Brian Lowry, CNN, 28 May 2021 There have been attempts to make all of this out to be standard cloak-and-dagger stuff, rather than the latest datapoint in the Republican Party’s anti-democratic lurch. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 7 May 2021 Inej landing a dagger in Kirigan’s chest, to no effect. Devon Maloney, Vulture, 25 Apr. 2021 Nuggets guard Jamal Murray hit a pair of clutch shots: a 3-pointer in the corner to tie the game at the end of regulation and then the dagger in overtime — a midrange jump shot with 10 seconds left in overtime to put the Nuggets up by four points. Jamal Collier, chicagotribune.com, 20 Mar. 2021 The dagger in question, embedded in an earthen block, appeared while Calman was digging through a trench. Katherine J. Wu, Smithsonian Magazine, 2 Mar. 2020 The last was a dagger after dribbling over the top of an Ivica Zubac screen with three minutes to play for a 12-point lead on his way to a season-high 28 points. Andrew Greif, Los Angeles Times, 21 Apr. 2021 Highlands was in foul mode trailing 45-38 in the final minutes of the game when Reinhart opted for a corner 3-pointer with 1:06 on the clock that proved to be the dagger. Shelby Dermer, The Enquirer, 28 Mar. 2021 As Iowa hung around midway through the fourth, Makurat had what ended up being the dagger three to put UConn ahead by 15 with 4:22 to play. Alexa Philippou, courant.com, 27 Mar. 2021

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First Known Use of dagger

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dagger

Middle English

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The first known use of dagger was in the 14th century

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11 Jun 2021

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“Dagger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dagger. Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of dagger

: a sharp pointed knife that is used as a weapon


dag·​ger | \ ˈda-gər How to pronounce dagger (audio) \

Kids Definition of dagger

: a short knife used for stabbing


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