bodkin

Watch out! The robber has a bodkin! A bodkin is a short knife with a thin blade.

This sweet little word isn’t so sweet — it’s a dagger with a thin blade that’s used as a weapon. It is little though, and easy to hide in a cape. The bodkin is an old weapon that dates to the days of Old English. In fact, Hamlet mentioned a "bare bodkin" in his "to be or not to be" soliloquy! Bodkin is also a word for other little sharp things, like a kind of hemming needle or hair pin, but either way, you're most likely to find one in a museum.

Definitions of bodkin
  1. noun
    a dagger with a slender blade
    synonyms: poniard
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    type of:
    dagger, sticker
    a short knife with a pointed blade used for piercing or stabbing
  2. noun
    a small sharp-pointed tool for punching holes in leather or fabric
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    type of:
    hand tool
    a tool used with workers' hands
  3. noun
    a blunt needle for threading ribbon through loops
    synonyms: threader
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    type of:
    hand tool
    a tool used with workers' hands
  4. noun
    formerly a long hairpin; usually with an ornamental head
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    type of:
    hairpin
    a double pronged pin used to hold women's hair in place
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