Dagger

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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Dag"ger
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  1. A short weapon used for stabbing. This is the general term: cf. Poniard Stiletto Bowie knife Dirk Misericorde Anlace.
  2. [Print] A mark of reference in the form of a dagger [†]. It is the second in order when more than one reference occurs on a page; -- called also obelisk.

Etymology: Cf. OE. daggen to pierce, F. daguer. See Dag a dagger

verb Dag"ger
To pierce with a dagger; to stab.
noun Dag"ger
A timber placed diagonally in a ship's frame.

Etymology: Perh. from diagonal

Other Dictionary Sources
  1. A short knife with a pointed blade used for piercing or stabbing
  2. A character used in printing to indicate a cross reference or footnote
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Probably from Old French dague (1229), related to Occitan, Italian, Spanish daga, German Degen, Middle Low German dagge (“knife's point”), Old Norse daggardr, Welsh dager, dagr, Breton dac, Albanian thikë (“a knife, dagger”), thek (“to stab, to pierce with a sharp object”).

  1. (weaponry) A stabbing weapon, similar to a sword but with a short, double-edged blade.
  2. (typography) The text character †; the obelus.

In English attested from the 1380s. The ultimate origin of the word is unclear. Grimm suspects Celtic origin. Others have suggested derivation from an unattested Vulgar Latin *daca "Dacian [knife]", from the Latin adjective dācus. Chastelain (Dictionaire etymologique, 1750) thought that French dague was a derivation from German dagge, dagen, although not attested until a much later date).

  1. (weaponry) A stabbing weapon, similar to a sword but with a short, double-edged blade.
  2. (typography) The text character †; the obelus.

The knightly dagger evolves from the 12th century. Guillaume le Breton (died 1226) uses daca in his Philippide. Other Middle Latin forms include daga, dagga, dagha, dagger, daggerius, daggerium, dagarium, dagarius, diga; the forms with -r- are late 14th century adoptions of the English word). OED points out that there is also an English verb dag (“to stab”) from which this could be a derivation, but the verb is attested only from about 1400.

  1. (weaponry) A stabbing weapon, similar to a sword but with a short, double-edged blade.
  2. (typography) The text character †; the obelus.

Relation to Old Armenian դակու (daku, “adze, axe”) has also been suggested.

  1. (weaponry) A stabbing weapon, similar to a sword but with a short, double-edged blade.
  2. (typography) The text character †; the obelus.

Perhaps from diagonal.

  1. A timber placed diagonally in a ship's frame.

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    Ethnicity Dagger U.S.
      White 93.29% 64.26%
      African American 0.00% 11.96%
      Asian, Hawaiian, and Pacific Islander 0.00% 4.85%
      American Indian and Alaska Native 0.00% 0.69%
      Two or More Ethnicities 0.00% 1.76%
      Hispanic or Latino 3.05% 16.26%

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    Fun Facts about the name Dagger

    • How Popular is the name Dagger? Dagger is the 86,720th most popular name of all time. As a last name Dagger was the 108,199th most popular name in 2010.
    • How many people with the first name Dagger have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 5 babies born with the first name Dagger in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Dagger? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 2014 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • What year had the most people named Dagger born? The highest recorded use of the first name Dagger was in 2014 with a total of 5 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Dagger: Your name in reverse order is Reggad. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Dagegr. How do you pronounce that?
    • How many people have the last name Dagger? In 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau surveyed 164 people with the last name Dagger.
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