- a short, heavy wooden club with a knob on one end, used especially by native peoples of South Africa for striking and throwing.
Origin of knobkerrie
1835–45; < Afrikaans knopkierie, equivalent to knop knob + kierie, said to be < Khoikhoi kirri, keeri stick
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Examples from the Web for knobkerrie
An assegai or knobkerrie would do the trick just as well, and make no noise about it.Forging the Blades
He was armed with nothing but a knobkerrie, with which he struck and parried with lightning-like rapidity.The Luck of Gerard Ridgeley
Knobkerrie, nob′ker-i, n. a round-headed stick used as a club and a missile by the Kafirs.
His left hand bore his assegais and knobkerrie beneath the great dappled ox-hide shield; and in his right a yellow walking-staff.The Story of Baden-Powell
- a stick with a round knob at the end, used as a club or missile by South African tribesmen
C19: from Afrikaans knopkierie, from knop knob, from Middle Dutch cnoppe + kierie stick, from Khoikhoi kīrri
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