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

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Iguodala had just drained a dagger 3 to seal the Warriors’ Game 2 win over Toronto on Sunday. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Steph Curry with thoughtful response on his legacy and jealousy among his peers," 4 June 2019 So here’s the new problem: America’s declining popularity and the accompanying lack of respect that started to snowball after November 2016 is threatening to put a brand-new dagger through the hearts of U.S. soccer lovers like me. Will Bunch, Philly.com, "World Cup with no U.S. is a metaphor for what's wrong in America right now | Will Bunch," 12 June 2018 This Western Conference championship series is a collision of basketball tectonic plates, the 65-win Rockets with their twin dagger guards versus the reigning, talent-laden-to-the-point-of-absurdity N.B.A. champion Golden State Warriors. Michael Powell, New York Times, "That Warriors vs. Rockets Epic May Well Be Over," 15 May 2018 James' dagger 3-ball came with less than a minute left and put the Cavs ahead 119-11. Chris Fedor, cleveland.com, "LeBron James sparks Cavaliers in first quarter, wakes up Brooklyn crowd with powerful dunk (video)," 25 Mar. 2018 With tenacious defense, contributions from a variety of players and dagger late-game shooting from CJ McCollum, the Blazers (33-26) recorded an impressive and inspiring victory in their first game after the All-Star break. Joe Freeman, OregonLive.com, "Portland Trail Blazers beat red-hot Utah Jazz 100-81: Rapid Reaction," 23 Feb. 2018 Future Bran made sure that dagger was sent to kill his childhood self. Abby Gardner, Glamour, "This Game of Thrones Theory Suggests Bran Stark Is Actually the Lord of Light," 30 Apr. 2019 Argento wrote in an Instagram Stories post along with a photo of her foot and the dagger tattoo. Fox News, "Asia Argento reportedly vows revenge on ex-friend Rose McGowan while debuting new tattoo," 1 Oct. 2018 Then the dagger sequence came with just over a minute left in the quarter. Matt Velazquez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Celtics 112, Bucks 96: Season ends with a whimper," 28 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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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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