dag·​ger | \ˈda-gər \

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 \-​ˌlīk \ adjective

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Included in the find were a bronze dagger and a rib bone, which were handed over to the Archaeological Service of the Canton of Bern. Chris Ciaccia, Fox News, "3,500-year-old bronze hand unearthed, may have been 'Bronze age cyborg'," 27 Sep. 2018 Last October, Swiss archaeologists were presented with a momentous and possibly history-making discovery: a bronze hand with a gold cuff glued to its wrist, alongside what appeared to be a withered dagger and a human rib. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "3,500-Year-Old Swiss Relic Might Be Europe's Oldest Bronze Sculpture," 26 Sep. 2018 Archaeologists think that in Copper Age Europe, manufacturing tools like daggers and arrowheads was the work of expert specialists, but most adults knew how to retouch or resharpen a blade with a reasonable amount of skill. Kiona N. Smith, Ars Technica, "Ötzi the Iceman spent his last days trying to repair his tools," 22 June 2018 The explosion gives them powers (Tyrone teleports, Tandy conjures light daggers and both have visions) which surface only once the pair reunites as teens. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: 'Marvel's Cloak and Dagger' is exactly what a superhero TV show should be," 6 June 2018 LeBron James delivered two daggers on Wednesday night in an overtime win over the Minnesota Timberwolves: A block of Jimmy Butler, followed by a fadeaway game-winner. Charles Curtis, For The Win, "FTW Investigates: Did LeBron James really snub Isaiah Thomas during game-winner celebration?," 8 Feb. 2018 The dagger blade was determined to be a similar age. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "3,500-Year-Old Swiss Relic Might Be Europe's Oldest Bronze Sculpture," 26 Sep. 2018 In a recent photoshoot with Entertainment Weekly, Maisie Williams is holding Littlefinger's catspaw dagger. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "14 Game of Thrones Theories That Will Blow Your Mind in Season 7," 23 Aug. 2017 Sometimes metallic polishes can be a bit much, but the gold Goldissima and rose-gold Preciosa shades are just enough, along with Christian Louboutin’s equally extra dagger bottle. Shannon Barbour, The Cut, "3 of the Prettiest Nail Polishes in the Prettiest Bottles," 24 May 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of dagger

: a sharp pointed knife that is used as a weapon


dag·​ger | \ˈda-gər \

Kids Definition of dagger

: a short knife used for stabbing

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