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poniard

[pon-yerd] /ˈpɒn yərd/
noun
1.
a small, slender dagger.
verb (used with object)
2.
to stab with a poniard.
Origin
1580-1590
1580-90; < French poignard, derivative of poing fist < Latin pugnus; see -ard
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  • We've got a long pig-iron poniard with a fingerprint-proof handle made of tightly wrapped string.
British Dictionary definitions for poniard

poniard

/ˈpɒnjəd/
noun
1.
a small dagger with a slender blade
verb
2.
(transitive) to stab with a poniard
Word Origin
C16: from Old French poignard dagger, from poing fist, from Latin pugnus; related to Latin pugnāre to fight
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Word Origin and History for poniard
n.

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.

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