Definition of dagger noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



BrE BrE//ˈdæɡə(r)//
; NAmE NAmE//ˈdæɡər//
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  • a short pointed knife that is used as a weapon Each man was armed with both sword and dagger. see also cloak-and-dagger See related entries: Weapons
  • Word Originlate Middle English: perhaps from obsolete dag ‘pierce, stab’, influenced by Old French dague ‘long dagger’.Idioms (British English) if two people are at daggers drawn, they are very angry with each other See related entries: Anger
    look daggers at somebody
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    to look at somebody in a very angry way
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: dagger

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