I. noun Etymology: Middle French poignard, from poing fist, from Old French puing, from Latin pugnus fist — more at pungent Date: 1588 a dagger with a usually slender blade of triangular or square cross section II. transitive verb Date: 1601 to pierce or kill with a poniard

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  • Poniard — Pon iard, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Poniarded}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Poniarding}.] To pierce with a poniard; to stab. Cowper. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • poniard — [pän′yərd] n. [Fr poignard, altered < MFr poignal < VL * pugnalis < L pugnus, fist: see PUGNACIOUS] a dagger vt. to stab with a poniard …   English World dictionary

  • Poniard — Pon iard, n. [F. poignard (cf. It. pugnale, Sp. pu[ n]al), fr. L. pugio, onis; probably akin to pugnus fist, or fr. pugnus fist, as held in the fist. See {Pugnacious}.] A kind of dagger, usually a slender one with a triangular or square blade.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • poniard — index pierce (lance) Burton s Legal Thesaurus. William C. Burton. 2006 …   Law dictionary

  • poniard — (n.) 1580s, from M.Fr. poinard (1510s), from O.Fr. poignal dagger, lit. anything grasped with the fist, from poing fist, from L. pungus fist. Probably altered in French by association with poindre to stab. Cf. L. pugnus fist, pugio dagger …   Etymology dictionary

  • poniard — ► NOUN historical ▪ a small, slim dagger. ORIGIN French poignard, from Latin pugnus fist …   English terms dictionary

  • poniard — /pon yeuhrd/, n. 1. a small, slender dagger. v.t. 2. to stab with a poniard. [1580 90; < F poignard, deriv. of poing fist < L pugnus; see ARD] * * * …   Universalium

  • poniard — 1. noun A dagger typically having a slender square or triangular blade. The King, sir, hath wagered with him six Barbary 2. verb To stab with a poniard …   Wiktionary

  • poniard — /ˈpɒnjəd/ (say ponyuhd), / ad/ (say ahd) noun 1. a dagger. –verb (t) 2. to stab with a poniard. {French poignard, from poing, from Latin pugnus fist} …   Australian English dictionary

  • poniard — (Roget s IV) n. Syn. dagger, blade, sword; see knife …   English dictionary for students

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