American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A small, sharply pointed instrument for making holes in fabric or leather.
- n. A blunt needle for pulling tape or ribbon through a series of loops or a hem.
- n. A long hairpin, usually with an ornamental head.
- n. Printing An awl or pick for extracting letters from set type.
- n. A dagger or stiletto.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A small dagger; a stiletto.
- n. A small pointed instrument of steel, bone, or ivory, used for piercing holes in cloth, etc.
- n. A similar but blunt instrument, with an eye, for drawing thread, tape, or ribbon through a loop, hem, etc.
- n. A long pin-shaped instrument used by women to fasten up the hair.
- n. A thick needle or straight awl of steel, used by bookbinders to make holes in boards and to trace lines for cutting.
- n. A printers' tool for picking letters out of a column or page in correcting.
- n. A corruption of baudekin.
- n. A small sharp pointed tool for making holes in cloth or leather.
- n. A blunt needle used for threading ribbon or cord through a hem or casing.
- n. A hairpin.
- n. A dagger.
- n. A type of arrowhead.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. obsolete A dagger.
- n. (Needlework) An implement of steel, bone, ivory, etc., with a sharp point, for making holes by piercing; a stiletto; an eyeleteer.
- n. (Print.) A sharp tool, like an awl, used for picking out letters from a column or page in making corrections.
- n. A kind of needle with a large eye and a blunt point, for drawing tape, ribbon, etc., through a loop or a hem; a tape needle.
- n. A kind of pin used by women to fasten the hair.
- n. obsolete See baudekin.
- n. formerly a long hairpin; usually with an ornamental head
- n. a blunt needle for threading ribbon through loops
- n. a dagger with a slender blade
- n. a small sharp-pointed tool for punching holes in leather or fabric
- From Middle English boydekin ("dagger"), apparently from *boyde, *boide (of unknown origin) + -kin. Cognate with Scots botkin, boitkin, boikin ("bodkin"). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English boidekin. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“The surname Botkin comes from the Old English word bodkin, which is also spelled bodekin, and refers to a short, pointed weapon or dagger.”
“Oh, and can we all consider using the word bodkin more in 2010?”
“Meanwhile, the time is long past when the measure adopted by the Congress last week could be described as a bodkin in a fountain or a finger in a dike.”
“(A bodkin is a tapered arrowhead, a dagger shaped like one, or even a large needle.)”
“Page 330 has fallen heir, and must be met by all; but few, if any, are capable of holding themselves prepared to see them snatched away suddenly when in the full vigor of health, and yet that is one of the conditions under which we ourselves hold to the precarious tenure of life most mysteriously, as a mere 'bodkin' would be sufficient to make us 'shuffle off this mortal coil' in a moment.”
“On the other hand, my wife, instead of using her hand as everybody does, pulled a little case out of her pocket, and took out of it a kind of bodkin, with which she picked up the rice, and put it into her mouth, grain by grain.”
“A polished bodkin of white petrified shell, with sharp-pointed ends, thrust through a hole in the partition of his nostrils, extended five inches across his face.”
“Long-Beard laughed, too, the five-inch bodkin of bone, thrust midway through the cartilage of his nose, leaping and dancing and adding to his ferocious appearance.”
“As an old Scadian, It is bodkin points I'd reccomend.”
“To be or not to be…, he muttered, pondering the depths of his situation. ...that is the bare bodkin.”
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