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Meaning of BODKIN

Pronunciation:  'bâdkin

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a blunt needle for threading ribbon through loops
  2. [n]  a small sharp-pointed tool for punching holes in leather or fabric
  3. [n]  formerly a long hairpin; usually with an ornamental head
  4. [n]  a dagger with a slender blade

BODKIN is a 6 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: poniard, threader
 See Also: dagger, hairpin, hand tool, sticker



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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.]
             When he himself might his quietus make With a bare
             bodkin.                               --Shak.
    2. (Needlework) An implement of steel, bone, ivory, etc.,
       with a sharp point, for making holes by piercing; a
       ?tiletto; an eyeleteer.
    3. (Print.) 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. [Colloq.] --Thackeray.
  2. \Bod"kin\, n.
    See {Baudekin}. [Obs.] --Shirley.