Rapier definition

rāpē-ər, rāpyər
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Rapier is a thin, two-edged sword or speech that is clever.

An example of rapier is a sword.

An example of rapier is a comedian's comebacks.

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A long, slender, two-edged sword with a cuplike hilt, used in the 1500s and 1600s.
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A slender, two-edged sword used chiefly for thrusting.
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A slender, straight, sharply pointed sword (double-edged, single-edged or edgeless).
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Extremely sharp.
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Cutting smarts or keen wit.

John is very quick on his feet during interviews by using his rapier responses.

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A light, sharp-pointed sword lacking a cutting edge and used only for thrusting.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
rapier
Plural:
rapiers

Origin of rapier

  • French rapière from Old French (espee) rapiere rapier (sword)

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle French (espee) rapiere.

    From Wiktionary