\ ˈdərk How to pronounce dirk (audio) \

Definition of dirk

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a long straight-bladed dagger


dirked; dirking; dirks

Definition of dirk (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to stab with a dirk

Examples of dirk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun From 2014 to 2016, Tabares bounced in and out of Orange County jails for misdemeanor convictions including disturbing the peace, carrying a dirk or dagger, possession of an opium pipe and resisting arrest. Hannah Fry, Daily Pilot, "Man fatally shot by Huntington Beach officer had just been paroled from prison," 28 Sep. 2017 The battle fades around them as the two engage in an intimate fight to the death: BJR stabs Jamie in the leg and Jamie forces his dirk into Black Jack's side. Julie Kosin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Outlander's Season 3 Premiere Explores the Emotion of Culloden," 11 Sep. 2017 Daggers, dirks, throwing knives, swords and machetes. Editors, USA TODAY, "5 things you need to know Friday," 1 Sep. 2017 Male, 48, arrested, South 14th and Main streets, carry concealed dirk or dagger. Ramona Sentinel, "Thefts of tools, construction equipment adding up, sheriff's reports show," 26 July 2017

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First Known Use of dirk


1557, in the meaning defined above


1599, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dirk


Scots durk

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“Dirk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dirk. Accessed 2 Jul. 2020.

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Kids Definition of dirk

: a long dagger with a straight blade

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