dou·​ble-edged ˌdə-bəl-ˈejd How to pronounce double-edged (audio)
: having two cutting edges
a double-edged knife
: having two components or aspects
a spy with a double-edged mission
: capable of being taken in two ways
a double-edged remark

Examples of double-edged in a Sentence

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Word History

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of double-edged was in the 15th century

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“Double-edged.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2024.

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