stiletto

[sti-let-oh]
noun, plural stilettos, stilettoes.
1.
a short dagger with a blade that is thick in proportion to its width.
2.
a pointed instrument for making eyelet holes in needlework.
verb (used with object), stilettoed, stilettoing.
3.
to stab or kill with a stiletto.

Origin:
1605–15; < Italian, equivalent to stil(o) dagger (< Latin stilus stylus) + -etto -ette

stilettolike, adjective
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stiletto (stɪˈlɛtəʊ)
 
n , pl -tos
1.  a small dagger with a slender tapered blade
2.  a sharply pointed tool used to make holes in leather, cloth, etc
3.  spike heel, Also called: stiletto heel a very high heel on a woman's shoe, tapering to a very narrow tip
 
vb , -tos, -toes, -toing, -toed
4.  (tr) to stab with a stiletto
 
[C17: from Italian, from stilo a dagger, from Latin stilus a stake, pen; see stylus]

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stiletto
1611, "short dagger with a thick blade," from It. stiletto, dim. of stilo "dagger," from L. stilus "pointed writing instrument" (see style). Stiletto heel first attested 1953.
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Example sentences
Less traditional are the bare expanse of taut stomach, the skin-tight hipster
  trousers and the six-inch stilettos.
They suggest stretching exercises and switching now and again from stilettos to
  other shoes.
Twenty-four hours later she was on-set for her first photo shoot, trading
  scrubs and a stethoscope for silk and stilettos.
Let's put you away from the people wearing stilettos and standing uneasily on
  the stairs.
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