poniard

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Middle French poignard, from poing (fist), from Old French, from Latin pūgnus (fist), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *peuk-.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈpɒnjəd/, /ˈpɒnjɑːd/

Noun[edit]

poniard (plural poniards)

  1. (now chiefly historical) A dagger typically having a slender square or triangular blade.
    • 1599, William Shakespeare, Much Ado About Nothing, Act 2 Scene 1
      She speaks poniards, and every word stabs: if her breath were as terrible as her terminations, there were no living near her; she would infect to the north star.
    • 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.

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Verb[edit]

poniard (third-person singular simple present poniards, present participle poniarding, simple past and past participle poniarded)

  1. To stab with a poniard.

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References[edit]

  • poniard” in The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition, Houghton Mifflin Company, 2000.
  • poniard” in Dictionary.com Unabridged, v1.0.1, Lexico Publishing Group, 2006.
  • "poniard" in WordNet 2.0, Princeton University, 2003.