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EXAMPLES FROM THE WEB FOR DAGGER

Mr Clayton was pushing me forward, and urging a dagger into my hand.

Yet his heart still seemed to fester with the venom of the dagger.

Wiglaf stabs the dragon from underneath, and Bewulf cuts it in two with his dagger.

The stranger drew out his dagger, cut the meat, and they all ate in company.

But you can cut off a vine-branch with a dagger or with a chisel, and in many other ways?

Suppose that I go into a crowded Agora, and take a dagger under my arm.

With an oath he got out a dagger that hung from his baldrick.

In an instant I was sitting upon him, my dagger at his throat.

And he proffered his dagger, the only weapon that he carried.

He laughed wickedly, and plucked his dagger from its sheath.

WORD ORIGIN

late 14c., apparently from Old French dague "dagger," from Old Provençal dague or Italian daga, of uncertain origin; perhaps Celtic, perhaps from Vulgar Latin *daca "Dacian knife," from the Roman province in modern Romania. The ending is possibly the faintly pejorative -ard suffix. Attested earlier (1279) as a surname (Dagard, presumably "one who carried a dagger"). Middle Dutch dagge, Danish daggert, German Degen also are from French.

MORE RELATED WORDS FOR DAGGER

knife

nouncutting tool
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