Share this entry

Share this page

rapier

Line breaks: ra¦pier
Pronunciation: /ˈreɪpɪə
 
/

Definition of rapier in English:

noun

1A thin, light sharp-pointed sword used for thrusting.
Example sentences
  • In the scuffle, they exchange rapiers and Hamlet slices Laertes with the venomous weapon.
  • All swords and rapiers used are blunt, but otherwise accurate replicas of surviving examples.
  • Initially, logic suggested that rapiers used in formal personal combat should be as long as possible.
1.1 [as modifier] (Especially of speech or intelligence) quick and incisive: rapier wit
More example sentences
  • As you can see, this is already shaping up to be a winner for subtlety and rapier wit.
  • He also has a rapier wit and a refined taste for red wine and sweet revenge.
  • I may have to move to the United States to battle these people with my rapier wit and rugged good looks.

Origin

early 16th century: from French rapière, from râpe 'rasp, grater' (because the perforated hilt resembles a rasp or grater).

Definition of rapier in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove adverts and access premium resources

Word of the day peart
Pronunciation: pɪət
adjective
lively; cheerful