From French poignard (dagger), from poign (fist), from Old French, from Latin pugnus. See pie|peuk-.
- A dagger typically having a slender square or triangular blade.
1602 : w:William Shakespeare|William Shakespeare, s:Hamlet|Hamlet , act V scene 1
:The King, sir, hath wagered with him six Barbary
:horses, against the which he has impawned, as I take it,
:six French rapiers and poniards, with their assigns, as
:girdle, hanger, and so.
- To stab with a poniard.
R:American Heritage 2000|poniard