Borrowed 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).
- c. 1599–1602, William Shakespeare, “The Tragedie of Hamlet, Prince of Denmarke”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358, (please specify the act number in uppercase Roman numerals):, act IV scene 1
- […] In his lawless fit,
- Behind the arras hearing something stir,
- Whips out his rapier, cries ‘A rat, a rat!’
- And in this brainish apprehension kills
- The unseen good old man.
- Extremely sharp.
- Cutting smarts or keen wit.
- John is very quick on his feet during interviews by using his rapier responses.