What does poniard mean?

Here's a list of possible definitions for the term poniard:

Princeton's WordNet

  1. poniard, bodkin(verb)

    a dagger with a slender blade

  2. poniard(verb)

    stab with a poniard


  1. poniard(Noun)

    A dagger typically having a slender square or triangular blade.

  2. poniard(Verb)

    To stab with a poniard.

  3. Origin: From poignard, from poing, from Old French, from pugnus, ultimately from peuk-.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Poniard(n.s.)

    A dagger; a short stabbing weapon.

    She speaks poniards, and every word stabs. William Shakespeare.

    Melpomene would be represented, in her right hand a naked poniard. Henry Peacham, on Drawing.

    Poniards hand to hand
    Be banish’d from the field, that none shall dare
    With shortned sword to stab in closer war. Dryden.

  2. To Poniard(v.a.)

    To stab with a poniard.

  3. Origin: poignardier, French.


  1. poniard

    A poniard is a small, lightweight dagger typically characterized by a sharp, pointed blade. It was often used for stabbing during medieval times.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Poniard(noun)

    a kind of dagger, -- usually a slender one with a triangular or square blade

  2. Poniard(verb)

    to pierce with a poniard; to stab

  3. Origin: [F. poignard (cf. It. pugnale, Sp. pual), fr. L. pugio, -onis; probably akin to pugnus fist, or fr. pugnus fist, as held in the fist. See Pugnacious.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Poniard

    pon′yard, n. a small dagger for stabbing.—v.t. to stab with a poniard. [Fr. poignardpoing, fist (It. pugno)—L. pugnus.]

Dictionary of Nautical Terms

  1. poniard

    A short dagger with a sharp edge.

Military Dictionary and Gazetteer

  1. poniard

    A pointed instrument for stabbing; borne in the hand, or at the girdle, or in the pocket; a small dagger.

  2. poniard

    To pierce with a poniard; to stab.

Matched Categories


  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of poniard in Chaldean Numerology is: 1

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of poniard in Pythagorean Numerology is: 5

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