knobkerrie

[ nob-ker-ee ]
/ ˈnɒbˌkɛr i /
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noun

a short, heavy wooden club with a knob on one end, used especially by native peoples of South Africa for striking and throwing.

Nearby words

  1. knobbling roll,
  2. knobbly,
  3. knobby,
  4. knobcone pine,
  5. knobhead,
  6. knock,
  7. knock about,
  8. knock back,
  9. knock cold,
  10. knock dead

Origin of knobkerrie

1835–45; < Afrikaans knopkierie, equivalent to knop knob + kierie, said to be < Khoikhoi kirri, keeri stick

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British Dictionary definitions for knobkerrie

knobkerrie

knobstick (ˈnɒbˌstɪk)

/ (ˈnɒbˌkɛrɪ) /

noun

a stick with a round knob at the end, used as a club or missile by South African tribesmen

Word Origin for knobkerrie

C19: from Afrikaans knopkierie, from knop knob, from Middle Dutch cnoppe + kierie stick, from Khoikhoi kīrri

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