follow Dictionary.com

How Well Do You Know English Slang?

assegai

[as-uh-gahy] /ˈæs əˌgaɪ/
noun, plural assegais.
1.
the slender javelin or spear of the Bantu-speaking people of southern Africa.
2.
a southern African tree, Curtisia dentata, of the dogwood family, from whose wood such spears are made.
verb (used with object), assegaied, assegaiing.
3.
to pierce with an assegai.
Also, assagai.
Origin
1615-1625
1615-25; earlier azagaia < Portuguese < Arabic az zaghāyah, equivalent to al the + Berber zaghāyah assegai
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source
British Dictionary definitions for assegai

assegai

/ˈæsəˌɡaɪ/
noun (pl) -gais
1.
a southern African cornaceous tree, Curtisia faginea, the wood of which is used for making spears
2.
a sharp light spear, esp one made of this wood
Word Origin
C17: from Portuguese azagaia, from Arabic az zaghāyah, from al the + zaghāyah assegai, from Berber
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for assegai

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for assegai

8
9
Scrabble Words With Friends