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dirk

[durk] /dɜrk/
noun
1.
a dagger, especially of the Scottish Highlands.
verb (used with object)
2.
to stab with a dirk.
Origin
1595-1605
1595-1605; orig. Scots; of obscure etymology

Dirk

[durk] /dɜrk/
noun
1.
a male given name, form of Derek.
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  • dirk and duck enter the room and all five of them hug each other as a family.
  • They stay in a hotel that night and dirk drives duck home the next morning.
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dirk

/dɜːk/
noun
1.
a dagger esp as formerly worn by Scottish Highlanders
verb (transitive)
2.
to stab with a dirk
Word Origin
C16: from Scottish durk, perhaps from German Dolch dagger
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Word Origin and History for dirk
n.

c.1600, perhaps from Dirk, the proper name, which was used in Scandinavian for "a picklock." But the earliest spellings were dork, durk (Johnson, 1755, seems to be responsible for the modern spelling), and the earliest association is with Highlanders, however there seems to be no such word in Gaelic, where the proper name is biodag. Another candidate is German dolch "dagger."

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