Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A dagger.
  • transitive v. To stab with a dirk.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A long Scottish dagger with a straight blade.
  • v. To stab with a dirk.
  • v. To darken.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Dark.
  • n. A kind of dagger or poniard; -- formerly much used by the Scottish Highlander.
  • transitive v. To stab with a dirk.
  • transitive v. To darken.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To poniard; stab.
  • An occasional Middle English and Scotch form of dark.
  • n. A stabbing weapon; a dagger.
  • n. The common side-arm of a midshipman in the British naval service. It is usually straight, but is sometimes a very short, curved cutlas.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a relatively long dagger with a straight blade

Etymologies

Scots durk.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Etymology unknown, apparently from Scots. First attested in 1602 as dork, in the later 17th century as durk. The spelling dirk is due to Johnson's Dictionary of 1755. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • In this case the dirk is a real dirk, which the man takes and stabs himself with on the left side, below the navel, drawing it across to the right side.

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  • Archy's eyes sparkled, for the loss of his dirk was a bitter memory.

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  • This time, Josh's early offense wasn't the result of step-back jumpers; three of his four first-quarter makes were layups or dunks. dirk made 16 shots for 26 points. dirk makes shot ref to scorers table: "1 point" dirk: "c'mon ref, i shot from behind the arc!" ref: "i said 1 point, you nazi!

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  • Dropping the stone, she rummaged in the pocket hanging from her belt and pulled out the little dirk Maisey had given her and held it up in front of her.

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  • This time she sat bolt upright, eyes opened, dirk at the ready.

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  • He strode toward her, not appearing the least intimidated by the dirk she brandished.

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  • Not even when he grabbed her wrist and twirled her around, slamming her back into his hard chest as he knocked the dirk from her hand.

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