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 daggerlike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of dagger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The press pounce, Holcomb tips his hat to E.B. and Barnes, and Street shoots Mason dagger eyes. EW.com, "Perry Mason recap: Haunted by wartime horrors, Mason makes a gruesome discovery," 29 June 2020 That cerebral approach may have worked, but low-energy cloak-and-dagger escapades and overly expository narrative drain the film of dramatic tension. Los Angeles Times, "Review: Christopher Munch’s ‘The 11th Green’ gets lost in the rough," 25 June 2020 The Pistons nearly went back-to-back the next year, but Robert Horry's dagger shot in Game 5 — don't help 'Sheed!!! Marlowe Alter, Detroit Free Press, "R-E-S-P-E-C-T! Detroit Pistons complete '5-game sweep' of Shaq-Kobe Lakers, 16 years ago," 15 June 2020 Brett Favre threw for 292 yards and two scores, and Edgar Bennett ran for a touchdown that looked like the dagger late in the third quarter. Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "50 in 50: Here are moments Nos. 61 to 70 among the greatest in Wisconsin sports over the past 50 years," 2 June 2020 Puleng is forced to quickly divulge the full breadth of her cloak and dagger behaviour in under a minute to the subject of her research. Ariana Romero, refinery29.com, "The Blood & Water Cast Reveals The Silver Lining Of Its Explosive Finale," 26 May 2020 Its long dagger-like middle toes, in fact, were responsible for the death of a man in Florida last year. Katie Hunt, CNN, "How the world's most dangerous bird got its unique feathers," 13 May 2020 After missing four games with a knee injury, Curry came off the bench in Game 4 of the Western Conference semifinals to make 16 of 32 shots, including a 3-point dagger in the final two minutes of overtime. Rusty Simmons, SFChronicle.com, "History suggests Warriors’ Steph Curry could have a big game Thursday," 5 Mar. 2020 Leading 75-74 with 1:11 left, Providence senior Luwane Pipkins waited until the shot clock was about to expire and buried a dagger from 3 right into Xavier's heart. Cincinnati Enquirer, "Xavier basketball's comeback bid falls short in the final minute at Providence," 5 Mar. 2020

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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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4 Jul 2020

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“Dagger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dagger. Accessed 10 Jul. 2020.

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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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