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 \ -​ˌlīk How to pronounce daggerlike (audio) \ adjective

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Many a page is bottom-loaded with asterisk, dagger and double dagger, and one footnote has two footnotes of its own. Ben Yagoda, WSJ, "‘Dreyer’s English’ Review: Flossing Your Prose," 24 Jan. 2019 But the dagger of a goal conceded to Luis Suarez after Edin Dzeko's tally makes the degree of difficulty in the second leg that much higher. Avi Creditor, SI.com, "Does Any Trailing Team Have a Comeback Shot in Champions League Quarterfinals?," 6 Apr. 2018 Our protagonist, Dag Calhoun, has retired from the cloak-and-dagger world. Cyrus Farivar, Ars Technica, "Borderless shows us the tech-fueled nightmare that we’ve all created," 8 Nov. 2018 Right after Russia had a golden opportunity on a counterattack, Croatia scores a dagger of a goal off a corner kick on the other end. Rory Smith, New York Times, "Russia Finally Falls, Leaving a Trail of Admirers and Doubters," 8 July 2018 The final dagger: Yeonis Cespedes' go-ahead two-run double in the ninth to give the Mets an 8-6 win over the Marlins. Jordan Mcpherson, miamiherald, "There’s a lot at stake for the Heat as the NBA regular season comes to a close | Miami Herald," 11 Apr. 2018 That win was made possible by the clutch dagger of veteran Dakota Mathias in the closing minutes, and that type of play illuminates this team's experience factor. Scott Gleeson, USA TODAY, "NCAA tournament: Ranking the Sweet 16 teams based on national title potential," 19 Mar. 2018 The service will feature movies like The Descent, The Silence of the Lambs, and the original Omen films — although those will be vanishing on October 31st, so subscribers will have to strike while the sacred, Antichrist-killing daggers are hot. Bryan Bishop, The Verge, "Everything coming to Netflix, Amazon Prime, and HBO Now in October," 30 Sep. 2018 Kevin Durant took over for the Warriors in Game 3, dropping 43 points and a dagger 3-pointer in an all-time classic performance. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "LeBron James compares facing the Warriors to playing the Patriots," 7 June 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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