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

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Thompson’s Challenger 2—a 5,200-pound, 6,000-horsepower dagger with two V-8 engines, built by his father’s hands and by his own—did not break. Mark Mahaney, Smithsonian, "Danny Thompson’s Blazing Nitromethane-Fueled Pursuit of Racing Glory," 10 July 2019 Make no mistake: Durant’s decision to return to play in Game 5 should be regarded as a career-defining moment, on par with his dagger jumpers over James in the last two NBA Finals. Ben Golliver, The Denver Post, "How Kevin Durant’s Achilles injury affects his future and the NBA landscape," 11 June 2019 Fred VanVleet then dealt another dagger on the first possession of the fourth with a 30-footer. CBS News, "NBA Finals: Raptors top Warriors 105-92 in Game 4, giving them 3-1 lead in series," 8 June 2019 His combat-dive knife, bush Bowie and combat dagger are some of the most eye-catching yet functional knives in the field. Chuck Thompson, Popular Mechanics, "Why Portland, Oregon, is the Knife-making Capital of the U.S.," 25 May 2019 Under Bran’s attentive gaze, Arya dealt the lethal blow that would end the endless night — with the infamous Valyrian steel dagger that was once sent to kill Bran. Sara Delgado, Teen Vogue, "Maisie Williams Thought People Would Underestimate Arya Stark and Her Destiny in "Game of Thrones"," 29 Apr. 2019 But before Malcolm can sign his new will and testament, the lights go out and Malcolm is stabbed in the heart with a fancy dagger that was purportedly given to his family by Marco Polo. Andrea Reiher, refinery29.com, "How Netflix's Murder Mystery Ends, In Case You're Curious But Not That Curious," 15 June 2019 How much harder to make the case in the Balkans: Kosovo and Serbia are at daggers drawn, and Bosnia is an ungovernable mess. The Economist, "The EU must keep its promise to North Macedonia," 13 June 2019 The death toll has risen to 11 with another 44 people hospitalized after a man allegedly drove an SUV deliberately into a crowd in central China before jumping out and attacking victims with a dagger and shovel, local authorities said Thursday. Fox News, "Death toll at 11 in China vehicle attack, 44 in hospital," 13 Sep. 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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The first known use of dagger was in the 14th century

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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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