Definition of dagger
1 : a sharp pointed knife for stabbing
2a : something that resembles a daggerb : a character † used as a reference mark or to indicate a death date
daggerlikeplay \-ˌlīk\ adjective
at daggers drawn
: in a state of open hostility or conflict
: to stare angrily they looked daggers at each other across the table
Recent Examples of dagger from the Web
What these men did was rain truth daggers of love and unity in every salvo of sound from the stage.
Legolas jumps on a troll and stabs two daggers into the troll’s brain.
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Origin and Etymology of dagger
First Known Use: 14th century
DAGGER Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of dagger for English Language Learners
: a sharp pointed knife that is used as a weapon
DAGGER Defined for Kids
Definition of dagger for Students
: a short knife used for stabbing
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