American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A dagger typically having a slender square or triangular blade.
- v. To stab with such a dagger.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A stabbing-weapon; a dagger: applied to any such weapon, without reference to shape or make.
- To stab with or as with a poniard.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A kind of dagger, -- usually a slender one with a triangular or square blade.
- v. To pierce with a poniard; to stab.
- n. a dagger with a slender blade
- v. stab with a poniard
- From Middle French poignard, from poing ("fist"), from Old French, from Latin pūgnus ("fist"), ultimately from Proto-Indo-European *peuk-. (Wiktionary)
- French poignard, from poing, fist, from Old French, from Latin pugnus; see peuk- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“In Twenty Years After, by Dumas, when M. de Beaufort removes the poniard from the pie and says, “I hold one of these poniards to La Remee’s heart and say to him, ‘My friend, I am truly distressed, but if you make any movement or utter a cry, you are a dead man.’””
“Abidan, unarmed, seized a poniard from the soldier’s belt, stabbed him to the heart, and vaulting on the steed, galloped towards the river.”
“Thus when the first shadow came creeping into the star lit room, the Cimmerian, silent as a panther, moved to his feet, a poniard in each hand.”
“With a closed backhand, poniard held tight, the barbarian warrior slapped the pipe, filled with deadly powdered black lotus into his opponent's mouth.”
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