from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th 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.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- 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.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A dagger.
- n. An implement of steel, bone, ivory, etc., with a sharp point, for making holes by piercing; a stiletto; an eyeleteer.
- n. 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. See baudekin.
from The 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.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- 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
Middle English boidekin.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English boydekin ("dagger"), apparently from *boyde, *boide (of unknown origin) + -kin. Cognate with Scots botkin, boitkin, boikin ("bodkin"). (Wiktionary)