poniard

noun
pon·​iard | \ ˈpän-yərd How to pronounce poniard (audio) \

Definition of poniard

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a dagger with a usually slender blade of triangular or square cross section

poniard

verb
poniarded; poniarding; poniards

Definition of poniard (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to pierce or kill with a poniard

Examples of poniard in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This includes openly carrying the famous Jim Bowie knife, as well as daggers, dirks, throwing knives, stilettos, poniards, swords, machetes and spears. John Tufts, USA TODAY, "En garde! Texas open carry sword law takes effect Friday," 30 Aug. 2017

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First Known Use of poniard

Noun

1533, in the meaning defined above

Verb

1593, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for poniard

Noun

Middle French poignard, from poing fist, from Old French puing, from Latin pugnus fist — more at pungent

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