Borrowing from Middle French rapiere, from Middle French (espee) rapiere, from Old French rapiere, raspiere, from Spanish raspadera (“poker; raker; scraper”), from Spanish raspar (“to scrape”), of Germanic origin. More at rasp.
rapier (plural rapiers)
- A slender, straight, sharply pointed sword (double-edged, single-edged or edgeless).
- Extremely sharp.
- Cutting smarts or keen wit.
- John is very quick on his feet during interviews by using his rapier responses.