Origin of caning
- a stick or short staff used to assist one in walking; walking stick.
- a long, hollow or pithy, jointed woody stem, as that of bamboo, rattan, sugar cane, and certain palms.
- a plant having such a stem.
- split rattan woven or interlaced for chair seats, wickerwork, etc.
- any of several tall bamboolike grasses, especially of the genus Arundinaria, as A. gigantea (cane reed, large cane, giant cane, or southern cane) and A. tecta (small cane or switch cane), of the southern U.S.
- the stem of a raspberry or blackberry.
- a rod used for flogging.
- a slender cylinder or rod, as of sealing wax or glass.
- to flog with a cane.
- to furnish or make with cane: to cane chairs.
Origin of cane
Related Words for caningflogging, thrashing, spanking, licking, trouncing, pounding, whipping, thrash, chastise, smack, flog, clobber, knock, hit, pummel, trounce, punch, break, strike, crush
Examples from the Web for caning
Historical Examples of caning
The caning occurred in his father's office, after hours, one June night.The Dominant Strain
Anna Chapin Ray
Seizing a rod he told Robert to hold out his hand, and gave him a caning.Historic Boyhoods
Rupert Sargent Holland
In the English classes, the problems of caning and weaving are written and discussed.The New Education
And he gave him a caning which he remembered to the last day of his life.Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi
Never again have the pleasure of caning your honour in the character of Tom Errand.Wild Oats
- a beating with a cane as a punishment
- informal a severe defeat
- the long jointed pithy or hollow flexible stem of the bamboo, rattan, or any similar plant
- any plant having such a stem
- strips of such stems, woven or interlaced to make wickerwork, the seats and backs of chairs, etc
- (as modifier)a cane chair
- the woody stem of a reed, young grapevine, blackberry, raspberry, or loganberry
- any of several grasses with long stiff stems, esp Arundinaria gigantea of the southeastern US
- a flexible rod with which to administer a beating as a punishment, as to schoolboys
- a slender rod, usually wooden and often ornamental, used for support when walking; walking stick
- See sugar cane
- a slender rod or cylinder, as of glass
- to whip or beat with or as if with a cane
- to make or repair with cane
- informal to defeatwe got well caned in the match
- cane it slang to do something with great power, force, or speed or consume something such as alcohol in large quantitiesyou can do it in ten minutes if you really cane it
Word Origin for cane
- dialect a female weasel
Word Origin for cane
"to beat with a walking stick," 1660s, from cane (n.). Related: Caned; caning.
late 14c., from Old French cane "reed, cane, spear" (13c., Modern French canne), from Latin canna "reed, cane," from Greek kanna, perhaps from Assyrian qanu "tube, reed" (cf. Hebrew qaneh, Arabic qanah "reed"), from Sumerian gin "reed." But Tucker finds this borrowing "needless" and proposes a native Indo-European formation from a root meaning "to bind, bend." Sense of "walking stick" in English is 1580s.