Dirk, dėrk, n. a Highland dagger or poniard: a side-arm worn by midshipmen and cadets of the royal navy.
He remembered giving her this poniard on the very day of her crime.
All this I promise and swear, under the penalty of being stripped naked, and having my heart pierced with a poniard.
His instruments were a silver cup, a poniard, and a handjar.
I felt his keen knife slit through the bonds and a poniard was thrust into my hand.
It cut to the heart's palpitating centre like a poniard thrust.
Already all the artists have drawn sword or poniard, which the three monks bless in a trice.
The mother pressed the poniard upon her daughter, saying, "Now is the time."
Goddard had a pike and an arquebus, while De Brsac and I had each a poniard and a rapier.
A poniard was buried to the hilt in the left breast of the headsman.
1580s, from Middle French poinard (early 16c.), from Old French poignal "dagger," literally "anything grasped with the fist," from poing "fist," from Latin pungus "fist," from PIE root *peuk- (see pugnacious). Probably altered in French by association with poindre "to stab." Cf. Latin pugnus "fist," pugio "dagger." As a verb from c.1600.