From Middle English boydekin (“dagger”), apparently from *boyde, *boide (of unknown origin) + -kin. Cognate with Scotsbotkin, boitkin, boikin (“bodkin”).
Middle English boidekinof unknown origin
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
Bodkin Sentence Examples
The copper bodkin is found in S.D.
The Eskimo woman did not weave, but was expert in sewing and embroidering with sinew thread by means of a bodkin.
All textile work was done by hand; the only devices known were the bark peeler and beater, the shredder, the flint-knife, the spindle, the rope-twister, the bodkin, the warp-beam and the most primitive harness.