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First published 1951 (DOST Vol. II).

Dagar(e, Dager(e, n. Also: dagair, daggar; dageir, dagger, daiger; dagour, daugȝiour. [ME. daggere (Chaucer), dager, daggare (1440), med. L. daggarius, -arium, -erius, obscurely related to F. dague.]

1. A dagger.(a) c1420 Wynt. ix. 1254.
The Lyndyssay festnyd his dagare In till Wellis armowris fyne
14.. Acts I. 388/2.
Habeat … ensem et cultellum qui dicitur dagare
1502 Treas. Acc. II. 38.
Payit to Robert Selkyrk, cutlar, … for ane gilt dagair … xx s.
1505 Ib. III. 128.
To the cultellar of Strivelin, for thre dagaris takin fra him to the King
1531 Bell. Boece II. 48.
Ilk Saxon had ane dagare hid under his sleif
Id. Livy I. 125/26.
Scho straik hir self with ane dagare, … and fell to the erde on hir said dagare
c1550 Lynd. Meldrum 158.
Than drew he furth ane sharp dagair, And did him cleik be the collair
a1586 Lindsay MS. 3 b.
The said keparis suld nether haue suerd, aix nor dagare
1596 Dalr. II. 322/6.
Hurteng with a dagar [him] quha was cheif of the watchmen
1610 Misc. Hist. Soc. II. 191.
He … dreu his dagar to stob my father at vnwars
(b) 1425 Acts II. 10/2.
That ilk gentilman … be sufficiandly harnest & anarmyt with … suerde, speir & dager
1531 Bell. Boece I. 170.
Thay … faucht with schort dageris
Ib. 203.
He pullit furth his dageir, and drave the king to the hart
Ib. II. 48.
But ony swerd or dagere
1570 Leslie 222.
The ould man … with his dager slew him out of hand
1608 Glasgow B. Rec. I. 293.
To delyver the dager be the point to the said baillie
1613 Conv. Burghs II. 429.
Gif they stryk ane another with quhinger, daiger, knyf, or rung
(c) a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 711.
Stalwart strakis … with daggaris derfly thay dang
Ib. 1029. 1531 Bell. Boece II. 48.
Heldolus, quhilk pullit ane dagger fra ane Saxoun, and with the samin slew sindry Saxonis
1595 Duncan Appendix.
Pugio, a whinger, dagger
(d) 16.. Hist. Kennedy 5.
Becaus he woir ane dagour, quhilk … wes nocht comwne
c1615 Chron. Kings 104.
Douglas and his men gaiff him mony straikis with daugȝiouris
Ib. 108.
Thay laying handis on thair dagouris

2. Attrib. and comb. with peice (a coin), wise. 1549 Compl. 41.
Pul doune the nok of the ra daggar vyise
1661 Reg. Privy C. 3 Ser. I. 99.
The dager peice … Now to be currant at 07: 02: 04

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