Definition of Bodkin

1. Noun. A dagger with a slender blade.

Exact synonyms: Poniard
Generic synonyms: Dagger, Sticker
Derivative terms: Poniard

2. Noun. Formerly a long hairpin; usually with an ornamental head.
Generic synonyms: Hairpin

3. Noun. A small sharp-pointed tool for punching holes in leather or fabric.
Generic synonyms: Hand Tool

4. Noun. A blunt needle for threading ribbon through loops.
Exact synonyms: Threader
Generic synonyms: Hand Tool
Derivative terms: Thread, Thread

Definition of Bodkin

1. n. A dagger.

2. n. See Baudekin.

Definition of Bodkin

1. Noun. A small sharp pointed tool for making holes in cloth or leather. ¹

2. Noun. A blunt needle used for threading ribbon or cord through a hem or casing. ¹

3. Noun. A hairpin. ¹

4. Noun. A dagger. ¹

5. Noun. A type of arrowhead. ¹

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Definition of Bodkin

1. a sharp instrument [n -S]

Medical Definition of Bodkin

1. 1. A dagger. "When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin." (Shak) 2. An implement of steel, bone, ivory, etc, with a sharp point, for making holes by piercing; a tiletto; an eyeleteer. 3. A sharp tool, like an awl, used for picking ut letters from a column or page in making corrections. 4. A kind of needle with a large eye and a blunt point, for drawing tape, ribbon, etc, through a loop or a hem; a tape needle. "Wedged whole ages in a bodkin's eye." (Pope) 5. A kind of pin used by women to fasten the hair. To sit, ride, or travel bodkin, to sit closely wedged between two persons. Origin: OE. Boydekyn dagger; of uncertain origin; cf. W. Bidog hanger, short sword, Ir. Bideog, Gael. Biodag. Source: Websters Dictionary (01 Mar 1998)

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bodkin

bodily cavity
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bodily integrity
bodily process
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bodily secretions
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bodkin (current term)
body-centreed cubic

Literary usage of Bodkin

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1. Lawyers' Reports Annotated by Lawyers Co-operative Publishing Company (1905)
"Jr., and bodkin and Mundy. On the 4th of October, 18S1, ihe plaintiff, William H. Boggs, filed his answer in writing to Ihis rule, in which he alleges his ..."

2. Personal Sketches of His Own Times by Jonah Barrington (1871)
"bodkin came to Mrs. Burke's house to consult Counsellor Moore, and I determined to ... And what's your trade or calling when you're at home, Mr. bodkin ? ..."

3. A Genealogical and Heraldic Dictionary of the Landed Gentry of Great Britain by Sir Bernard Burke (1862)
"In 1455, John bodkin was compositor of the customs. Members of the family were frequently elected provosts of Athenry ; Richard bodkin, ..."

4. Irish Literature by Justin McCarthy, Maurice Francis Egan, Charles Welsh, Douglas Hyde, Gregory, James Jeffrey Roche (1904)
"(1850 ) MATTHIAS M'DONNELL bodkin, KC, of the Irish bar, is one of the modern school of Irish ... His father was Dr. Thomas bodkin of County Galway. ..."

5. English Prose and Poetry (1137-1892) by John Matthews Manly (1916)
"Propped on their bodkin spears, the sprites The growing combat, ... "Now meet thy fate," incensed Belinda cried, And drew a deadly bodkin from her side. ..."

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