dag·​ger ˈda-gər How to pronounce dagger (audio)
: a sharp pointed knife for stabbing
: something that resembles a dagger
: a character † used as a reference mark or to indicate a death date
daggerlike adjective
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

Examples of dagger in a Sentence

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Word History


Middle English

First Known Use

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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

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“Dagger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dagger. Accessed 20 Apr. 2024.

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dag·​ger ˈdag-ər How to pronounce dagger (audio)
: a short weapon for stabbing
: a symbol † used in printing as a reference mark to indicate a death date
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