1. A dagger. [Obs.]
When he himself might his quietus make
With a bare bodkin. --Shak.
2. Needlework An implement of steel, bone, ivory, etc., with a sharp point, for making holes by piercing; a stiletto; an eyeleteer.
3. Print. A sharp tool, like an awl, used for picking out letters from a column or page in making corrections.
4. A kind of needle with a large eye and a blunt point, for drawing tape, ribbon, etc., through a loop or a hem; a tape needle.
Wedged whole ages in a bodkin's eye. --Pope.
5. A kind of pin used by women to fasten the hair.
To sit, ride, or travel bodkin, to sit closely wedged between two persons. [Colloq.]