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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bodkin \Bod"kin\ (b[o^]d"k[i^]n), noun [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 stiletto; an eyeleteer.

3. (Print.) A sharp tool, like an awl, used for picking out 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.

From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]:

Bodkin \Bod"kin\, noun See {Baudekin}. [Obs.] --Shirley.

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

bodkin

noun

1: a dagger with a slender blade [syn: {poniard}, {bodkin}]

2: formerly a long hairpin; usually with an ornamental head

3: a small sharp-pointed tool for punching holes in leather or fabric

4: a blunt needle for threading ribbon through loops [syn: {bodkin}, {threader}]


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