[nuhk-uh l-duhs-ter]


Origin of knuckle-duster

An Americanism dating back to 1855–60 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for knuckle-duster

knuckles, knucks

Examples from the Web for knuckle-duster

Historical Examples of knuckle-duster

  • This she proposed to do with the help of a knuckle-duster, which she produced and gave to Gaudry.

  • He had the medal in it still between his fingers, using it like a knuckle-duster.

    Walking Shadows

    Alfred Noyes

  • The fact is that the sight of the knuckle-duster had changed my mood.

    The Uttermost Farthing

    R. Austin Freeman

  • Knuckle-duster, a large, heavy, or over-gaudy ring; a ring which attracts attention from its size.

    The Slang Dictionary

    John Camden Hotten

  • I have used a hand-bayonet which sticks out from the fist like a knuckle-duster and is about six inches long.

British Dictionary definitions for knuckle-duster



(often plural) a metal bar fitted over the knuckles, often with holes for the fingers, for inflicting injury by a blow with the fist
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