poniard n : a dagger with a slender blade [syn: bodkin] v : stab with a poniard
EtymologyFrom French poignard (dagger), from poign (fist), from Old French, from Latin pugnus. See .
- To stab with a poniard.
- American Heritage 2000
- WordNet 2003
A poniard is a form of dagger with a slim square or triangular blade. It was primarily used for stabbing in close quarters or in conjunction with a rapier. The poniard is almost identical to the dirk. Shorter than a short sword and longer than a dagger, this blade is used more as a decorative weapon than for practical use.They were mainly used by General Timotheus in 300 B.C.