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

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

  • An assegai or knobkerrie would do the trick just as well, and make no noise about it.

    Forging the Blades

    Bertram Mitford

  • He was armed with nothing but a knobkerrie, with which he struck and parried with lightning-like rapidity.

  • 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.

British Dictionary definitions for knobkerrie


knobstick (ˈnɒbˌstɪk)

  1. a stick with a round knob at the end, used as a club or missile by South African tribesmen
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Word Origin for knobkerrie

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