[ nob-ker-ee ]
/ ˈnɒbˌkɛr i /


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 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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knobstick (ˈnɒbˌstɪk)

/ (ˈnɒbˌkɛrɪ) /


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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