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poniard (plural poniards)
- (now chiefly historical) A dagger typically having a slender square or triangular blade.
- 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 2 Scene 1
- c. 1601, William Shakespeare, Hamlet, V.1:
- The sir King ha's wag'd with him six Barbary horses, / against the which he impon'd as I take it, sixe French / Rapiers and Poniards, with their assignes, as Girdle, / Hangers or so […].
- 1603, John Florio, translating Michel de Montaigne, Essays, II.29:
- A Poynard is more sure to wound a man, which forsomuch as it requireth more motion and vigor of the arme, than a pistol, it's stroke is more subject to be hindred or avoyded.
- To stab with a poniard.