dagger

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noun dag·ger \ˈda-gər\

Definition of dagger

  1. 1 :  a sharp pointed knife for stabbing

  2. 2a :  something that resembles a daggerb :  a character † used as a reference mark or to indicate a death date

daggerlike

play \-ˌlīk\ adjective

at daggers drawn

  1. :  in a state of open hostility or conflict

look daggers

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stare daggers

  1. :  to stare angrily they looked daggers at each other across the table

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Origin and Etymology of dagger

Middle English


First Known Use: 14th century



DAGGER Defined for English Language Learners

dagger

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noun

Definition of dagger for English Language Learners

  • : a sharp pointed knife that is used as a weapon


DAGGER Defined for Kids

dagger

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noun dag·ger \ˈda-gər\

Definition of dagger for Students

  1. :  a short knife used for stabbing



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