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

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 Settle into your coffin and grab a ceremonial dagger — Peacock's 10-episode series Vampire Academy will be dropping on September 15. Seventeen, 22 July 2022 Rodriguez wields a battle axe, while Page has a dagger, a sword and a heavy suit of armor. J. Kim Murphy, Variety, 20 July 2022 Over the weekend, the 76-year-old actor shared an artist's rendering of Irwin Winkler, a producer on Rocky and its first four sequels, with a snake's body and a dagger for a tongue. Jen Juneau, PEOPLE.com, 18 July 2022 In a timely coincidence, Evil Dead: The Game—a release that, as its name implies, provides the latest Kandarian dagger stab at a playable version of the movies—was launched less than a month before The Quarry. Wired, 10 July 2022 Officers had gone to his home and found 16 knives in a tin-can lunchbox, plus a samurai-style sword and a dagger, in Crimo’s bedroom closet. Jeremy Gorner, Chicago Tribune, 8 July 2022 Also confiscated were a 12-inch dagger and a 24-inch Samurai blade stored in the younger's Crimo's bedroom closet. Fox News, 7 July 2022 Highland Park police, which responded to the call in September 2019, removed a 24-inch Samurai blade, a box containing a 12-inch dagger and 16 hand knives from Crimo's house that day, according to an incident report. Laura Romero, ABC News, 7 July 2022 At the time, 16 knives, a sword and a dagger were confiscated, but the suspect wasn’t arrested because family members declined to sign any complaints. Melissa Chan, NBC News, 7 July 2022 See More

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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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29 Jul 2022

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“Dagger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dagger. Accessed 10 Aug. 2022.

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More Definitions for dagger


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

Kids Definition of dagger

: a short knife used for stabbing


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