Origin of poniardFrench poignard, altered from Middle French poignal from Vulgar Latin an unverified form pugnalis from Classical Latin pugnus, fist: see pugnacious
transitive verbpon·iard·ed, pon·iard·ing, pon·iards
Origin of poniardFrench poignard from poing fist from Old French from Latin pugnus ; see peuk- in Indo-European roots.
(third-person singular simple present poniards, present participle poniarding, simple past and past participle poniarded)
- To stab with a poniard.