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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That sweet sense of relief, of course, came courtesy of underdog Arya Stark taking out the Night King with her dagger of Valyrian steel, also shattering the White Walkers. Krystin Arneson, Glamour, "The Game of Thrones Showrunners Dropped a Concerning Hint About the White Walkers," 5 May 2019 But hey, then Arya Stark came flying through the air with her dagger. Lucy Wood, Marie Claire, "The "Bran Stark Is Evil" Theory on 'Game of Thrones' Is Actually Very Convincing," 30 Apr. 2019 Others carry the daggers used by the local Tuareg ethnic group. Joe Parkinson, WSJ, "Thousands Flock to Remote, Lawless Sahara in Search of Gold," 16 Oct. 2018 The real dagger in the heart of The Crew 2’s progression, though, is the game's almost total lack of multiplayer. Steven Strom, Ars Technica, "The Crew 2 review: Where is everybody?," 10 July 2018 Ötzi’s dagger was unusually small with a blade that was barely a couple of inches long. Nicholas St. Fleur, New York Times, "The Final Hours of the Iceman’s Tools," 21 June 2018 Then the financial dagger would be if Vegas won the Stanley Cup. David Montero, latimes.com, "Golden Knights victories feel good for Las Vegas but could be a painful loss to sports books," 9 Apr. 2018 Tandy can summon a dagger of light directly into her hand, while Tyrone can teleport using his cloak. Claire Dodson, Teen Vogue, "Marvel's "Cloak and Dagger" Season 2 Throws Fresh Villains in the Mix and New Social Issues to Tackle," 9 Apr. 2019 His latest was a dagger of an equalizer that stole a draw from the jaws of defeat for the Chicago Fire–the seventh time he's scored a stoppage-time goal that has either brought his team level or given it a lead over the last 10 years. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "The MLS XI, Week 9: LAFC Comes Home; Toronto FC Nurses Its CCL Hangover," 30 Apr. 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 How to pronounce dagger (audio) \

Kids Definition of dagger

: a short knife used for stabbing

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