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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 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

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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 13 Aug. 2022.

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: a long dagger with a straight blade

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