dag·​ger | \ ˈda-gər How to pronounce dagger (audio) \

Definition of dagger

1 : a sharp pointed knife for stabbing
2a : something that resembles a dagger
b : a character † used as a reference mark or to indicate a death date
at daggers drawn
: in a state of open hostility or conflict
look daggers or stare daggers
: to stare angrily they looked daggers at each other across the table

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Other Words from dagger

daggerlike \ ˈda-​gər-​ˌlīk How to pronounce daggerlike (audio) \ adjective

Examples of dagger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The series brings up hot-button issues and introduces morally ambiguous characters while incorporating gripping cloak-and-dagger elements — members of an anti-Russian resistance group communicate through an online video game, for instance. Elisabeth Vincentelli, New York Times, "Need to Escape? Stream These 12 Great Foreign-Language TV Shows," 25 Mar. 2020 Fleeing both from villains and law enforcement, who suspect him in a murder, Hannay survives skulduggery in a vaudeville theater, a chase atop a speeding train and other cloak-and-dagger stuff. Celia Wren, Washington Post, "Constellation’s ‘39 Steps’ is a comic thriller without thrills," 18 Feb. 2020 What’s more, Bad Blood’s quality of narrative intrigue, tension and character development rivals the great cloak-and-dagger stories in the canon. Time Staff, Time, "The 10 Best Nonfiction Books of the 2010s," 11 Nov. 2019 From the start, the phenomenon has evoked the idea of an international cloak-and-dagger operation involving clandestine weaponry that has eluded all scientific explanation and hatched countless conspiracy theories. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Brain imaging weirdness adds to Cuba “health attack” mystery," 24 July 2019 Wichita State and at Houston offer a chance for wins that resonate; at South Florida and Temple as would-be resume daggers. Fletcher Page, Cincinnati.com, "'The most frustrating part' for John Brannen, Cincinnati Bearcats basketball," 20 Feb. 2020 That was a dagger, and [Adrianna Casanova] hit some big shots for us tonight which was huge,’’ Freeman said. Greg Levinsky, BostonGlobe.com, "Franklin girls’ basketball too much for Bridgewater-Raynham," 15 Feb. 2020 When Jennah Isai fell on a drive to the middle, Marisa Davis cleaned up the broken down isolation play by getting the loose ball and made a dagger layup to extend the lead to 41-35 over Millennium with 45 seconds left in the game. Dana Scott, azcentral, "Valley Vista surges late to beat rival Millennium in girls hoops state playoff preview," 7 Feb. 2020 On the walls: decorative daggers and paintings from an artist in Dubai. Washington Post, "Tom Sietsema’s 8 favorite place to eat right now," 22 Jan. 2020

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First Known Use of dagger

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for dagger

Middle English

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The first known use of dagger was in the 14th century

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30 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Dagger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dagger. Accessed 3 Apr. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of dagger

: a sharp pointed knife that is used as a weapon


dag·​ger | \ ˈda-gər How to pronounce dagger (audio) \

Kids Definition of dagger

: a short knife used for stabbing

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