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Bod"kin (?), n. [OE. boydekyn dagger; of uncertain origin; cf. W. bidog hanger, short sword, Ir. bideog, Gael. biodag.]


A dagger.


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.


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.


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.]



© Webster 1913.

Bod"kin, n.

See Baudekin.




© Webster 1913.

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