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1. A small, sharply pointed instrument for making holes in fabric or leather.
2. A blunt needle for pulling tape or ribbon through a series of loops or a hem.
3. A long hairpin, usually with an ornamental head.
4. Printing An awl or pick for extracting letters from set type.
5. A dagger or stiletto.

[Middle English boidekin, of unknown origin.]


1. (Knitting & Sewing) a blunt large-eyed needle used esp for drawing tape through openwork
2. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) archaic a dagger
3. (Printing, Lithography & Bookbinding) printing a pointed steel tool used for extracting characters when correcting metal type
4. (Clothing & Fashion) archaic a long ornamental hairpin
[C14: probably of Celtic origin; compare Gaelic biodag dagger]


(ˈbɒd kɪn)

1. a small, pointed instrument for making holes in cloth, leather, etc.
2. a blunt, needlelike instrument for drawing tape, cord, etc., through a loop, hem, or the like.
3. a long pin used by women to fasten up the hair.
4. Obs. a small dagger; stiletto.
[1350–1400; Middle English badeken, bo(i)dekyn, of uncertain orig.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.bodkin - a dagger with a slender bladebodkin - a dagger with a slender blade  
dagger, sticker - a short knife with a pointed blade used for piercing or stabbing
2.bodkin - formerly a long hairpin; usually with an ornamental head
hairpin - a double pronged pin used to hold women's hair in place
3.bodkin - a small sharp-pointed tool for punching holes in leather or fabric
hand tool - a tool used with workers' hands
4.bodkin - a blunt needle for threading ribbon through loops
hand tool - a tool used with workers' hands


[ˈbɒdkɪn] N
1. (Sew) → aguja f de jareta
2. (Typ) → punzón m
3. (archaic) (= for hair) → espadilla f


(Sew) → Durchziehnadel f
(Hist: = hairpin) → lange Haarnadel; (obs, = dagger) → Dolch m
References in classic literature ?
Snagsby has dealt in all sorts of blank forms of legal process; in skins and rolls of parchment; in paper--foolscap, brief, draft, brown, white, whitey- brown, and blotting; in stamps; in office-quills, pens, ink, India- rubber, pounce, pins, pencils, sealing-wax, and wafers; in red tape and green ferret; in pocket-books, almanacs, diaries, and law lists; in string boxes, rulers, inkstands--glass and leaden--pen-knives, scissors, bodkins, and other small office-cutlery; in short, in articles too numerous to mention, ever since he was out of his time and went into partnership with Peffer.
Out of the unknown, from the somewhere and something else, too unconditional for him to know any of the conditions, instantly they appeared, full-statured, walking about Meringe Plantation with loin-cloths about their middles and bone bodkins through their noses, and being put to work by Mister Haggin, Derby, and Bob.
Keep your hands from your bodkins, you two, for that was my trade before you were born, and, by God's soul
Tenders are invited for Supply Of Office Paste, Drawing Pencils/Middling Pencil, Rubber Vulcanized, Paper Weight, Pin Cushion, Call Bell, Docket Punch, Scissors, Bodkins, Pin Steel, Paper Clip, File Laces, Tag Cotton, Thread Ball, Thread Reel, Tape White, Sealing Wax, Stamp Pad, White Fluid, Stapler Machine, Stapling Pins, Binding Cloth & Raxine Etc.
I enjoyed playing No Monster Club's Christmas gig in Bodkins and supporting Ginnels for their Crowns album launch.
Having created, and then nurtured, Fizzy Lizzy for over 10 years, I couldn't imagine a more suitable family to guide the further growth of Fizzy Lizzy than the Bodkins of White Rock," said Morrill.
com Galway Plate and Guinness Galway Hurdle at Bodkins Bar in Galway City tomorrow night in aid of the Injured Jockeys' Fund.
Some even believe his plays have subversive religious messages attacking the Protestant religion Odds bodkins.
Their bodkins, or bullet-shaped arrow heads, were carried on shafts three feet long and as thick as a man's thumb, and were able to punch straight through plate armour.
Before you can say Odds Bodkins, young Valiant is told to escort the lovely Lady Ilene, Princess of Wales, to her father's castle.
That technician, Jerry Bodkins, of Youngstown, Ohio qualified under the category of Wheel End hands-on competition.