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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, Michel de Montaigne; John Florio, transl., The Essayes, or, Morall, Politike and Millitarie Discourses of Lo. Michaell de Montaigne, Knight of the Noble Order of St. Michaell, and One of the Gentlemen in Ordinary of the French King, Henry the Third His Chamber, London: Printed [...] by Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount dwelling in Paules churchyard, OCLC 946730821, 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.