switch·​blade ˈswich-ˌblād How to pronounce switchblade (audio)
: a pocketknife having the blade spring-operated so that pressure on a release catch causes it to fly open

called also switchblade knife

Example Sentences

Recent Examples on the Web And definitely not a switchblade, which would have been a greater danger for my fingers than for any attacker. Han Ong, The New Yorker, 9 Jan. 2023 And at New York's LaGuardia Airport, a passenger arrived fully ready for any on-board rumbles: TSA officials confiscated nunchucks, three saw blades, a switchblade and a folding knife from his carry-on bag. Maureen O'hare, CNN, 10 Dec. 2022 When the house lights went up, the treacherous former sidekick was standing there, the blood still warm on his switchblade. Gerard Baker, WSJ, 5 Sep. 2022 Is a Joke festival at the Hollywood Bowl and taking the comedian to the ground while in possession of a replica gun housing a switchblade. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 19 May 2022 Among the weapons were a dagger, a switchblade, a pair of brass knuckles, 11 knives and nine disposable scalpels, according to the TSA. Julianne Mcshane, NBC News, 8 May 2022 Witnesses told police that Valle stabbed McGrath once with a knife that looked like a switchblade, according to the warrant for his arrest that was unsealed last week. Taylor Hartz, Hartford Courant, 23 May 2022 The Virginia man also was carrying brass knuckles and a switchblade, according to the Transportation Security Administration. Washington Post, 6 May 2022 The man accused of barging onstage and tackling Dave Chappelle while possessing a replica gun with a switchblade pleaded not guilty to the attack in a Los Angeles courtroom Friday. Nancy Dillon, Rolling Stone, 6 May 2022 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1932, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of switchblade was in 1932

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Cite this Entry

“Switchblade.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/switchblade. Accessed 8 Feb. 2023.

Kids Definition


switch·​blade -ˌblād How to pronounce switchblade (audio)
: a pocketknife with a spring-operated blade
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