poniard
Pronunciation
  • (British) IPA: /ˈpɒnjəd/, /ˈpɒnjɑːd/
Noun

poniard (plural poniards)

  1. (now chiefly historical) A dagger typically having a slender square or triangular blade.
    • 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, chapter 29, in John Florio, transl., The Essayes, […], book II, printed at London: By Val[entine] Simmes for Edward Blount […], OCLC 946730821 ↗:
      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.
    • 1824, James Hogg, The Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner:
      On this occasion I said nothing, but concealing his poniard in my clothes, I hasted up the mountain, determined to execute my purpose […].
Translations Verb

poniard (poniards, present participle poniarding; past and past participle poniarded)

  1. To stab with a poniard.
    • 1764, Horace Walpole, The Castle of Otranto, I:
      Manfred […] would have poignarded the peasant in their arms.
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