bodkin

\ \ [14] A bodkin was originally a small dagger, and only in the 18th century did it develop the perhaps more familiar sense ‘long blunt needle’. Initially it was a three-syllable word, spelled boidekyn, and its origins are mysterious. Most speculation has centred on Celtic as a source. Welsh bidogdagger’ being cited (the -kin is no doubt a diminutive suffix).

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  • Bodkin — may refer to:* One of the fourteen Tribes of Galway * A bodkin point, a type of arrowhead * A dagger or stiletto knife * A sharp slender instrument for making holes in cloth or a blunt needle with a large eye for drawing tape or ribbon through a… …   Wikipedia

  • Bodkin — Bod kin (b[o^]d k[i^]n), n. [OE. boydekyn dagger; of uncertain origin; cf. W. bidog hanger, short sword, Ir. bideog, Gael. biodag.] 1. A dagger. [Obs.] [1913 Webster] When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin. Shak. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bodkin — Bod kin, n. See {Baudekin}. [Obs.] Shirley. [1913 Webster] …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • bodkin — late 14c., boydekin, of unknown origin. The ending suggests a diminutive formation, and Celtic has been suggested as the source of the root …   Etymology dictionary

  • bodkin — ► NOUN 1) a thick, blunt needle with a large eye, used for drawing tape or cord through a hem. 2) historical a long pin used to fasten women s hair. ORIGIN perhaps of Celtic origin and related to Irish bod, Welsh bidog, Scottish Gaelic biodag… …   English terms dictionary

  • bodkin — [bäd′kin] n. [ME boidekyn, bodekin < ?] 1. Obs. a dagger or stiletto 2. a pointed instrument for making holes in cloth 3. a long, ornamental hairpin 4. a thick, blunt needle for drawing ribbon or tape through a hem, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Bodkin — Pointe bodkin Les pointes bodkin étaient les plus utilisées du fait de leur caractère perforant et de leur facilité de réalisation. Les pointes de flèche type bodkin sont pointues et de section carrée. Elles sont particulièrement perforantes et… …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Bodkin — BALDACHINE (Baudekin, Baldoquin, Bodkin) A silk fabric embroidered with gold, woven in the Middle Ages at Damascus, silk warp, gold weft, often studded with precious stones, used for ceremonials, robes of State, curtains, canopies, etc. Later… …   Dictionary of the English textile terms

  • Bodkin — A small, pointed implement for piercing materials e.g. cloth, leather etc.; a pin used to fasten hair; most familiarly, and later, a *dagger or a stiletto. Bodkin and pin (the seamstress s and hairpin) were used synonymously until the 16c and… …   Dictionary of Medieval Terms and Phrases

  • bodkin — [14] A bodkin was originally a small dagger, and only in the 18th century did it develop the perhaps more familiar sense ‘long blunt needle’. Initially it was a three syllable word, spelled boidekyn, and its origins are mysterious. Most… …   The Hutchinson dictionary of word origins

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