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poniard n : a dagger with a slender blade [syn: bodkin] v : stab with a poniard

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From French poignard (dagger), from poign (fist), from Old French, from Latin pugnus. See .


  1. A dagger typically having a slender square or triangular blade.


  • 1602 : William Shakespeare, Hamlet , act V scene 1
    The King, sir, hath wagered with him six Barbary
    horses, against the which he has impawned, as I take it,
    six French rapiers and poniards, with their assigns, as
    girdle, hanger, and so.


  1. To stab with a poniard.


  • American Heritage 2000
  • WordNet 2003

Extensive Definition

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.

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