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Da'gger. n.s. [dague, French.]

  1. A short sword; a poniard.

    She ran to her son's dagger, and struck herself a mortal wound. Sidney, b. ii.

    This sword a dagger had his page,
    That was but little for his age;
    And therefore waited on him so,
    As dwarfs upon knights errant do.
    Hudibras, p. i. cant. I.

    He strikes himself with his dagger; but being interrupted by one of his friends, he stabs him, and breaks the dagger on one of his ribs. Addison on Italy.

  2. [In fencing schools.] A blunt blade of iron with a basket hilt, used for defence.

  3. [With printers.] The obelus; a mark of reference in form of a dagger; as [†].

Sources: Addison, Joseph (408) · Butler, Samuel (98) · Sidney, Philip (140)

Attributes: French (385) · Noun Substantive (1269)

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