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: a long straight-bladed dagger


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dirked; dirking; dirks

transitive verb

: to stab with a dirk

Examples of dirk in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web
California, which is also in the Ninth Circuit, bans the possession of an even wider assortment of bladed weapons, including dirks, daggers, ballistic knives, belt buckle knives, lipstick case knives, cane swords, and more. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 9 Aug. 2023 On Tuesday, Adam Abdul-Jabbar was charged with three counts of assault with a deadly weapon, one count of carrying a dirk or dagger and three enhancements of inflicting great bodily injury, according to the Orange County District Attorney's Office. Harriet Sokmensuer, PEOPLE.com, 26 Aug. 2020 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, 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, 11 Sep. 2017 Daggers, dirks, throwing knives, swords and machetes. Editors, USA TODAY, 1 Sep. 2017 Male, 48, arrested, South 14th and Main streets, carry concealed dirk or dagger. Ramona Sentinel, 26 July 2017 See More

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Word History



Scots durk

First Known Use


1557, in the meaning defined above


1599, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of dirk was in 1557

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“Dirk.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dirk. Accessed 22 Feb. 2024.

Kids Definition


: a long dagger with a straight blade
dirk verb

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