night stick


a special club carried by a policeman; billy.

Origin of night stick

An Americanism dating back to 1885–90 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for night stick

baton, blackjack, cudgel, billy, shillelagh

Examples from the Web for night stick

Historical Examples of night stick

  • "Oh, you don't have to hit the soles of my feet with a night-stick to keep me awake," he said.

    Once Upon A Time

    Richard Harding Davis

  • The bigger of the two policemen prodded the other in the ribs with his night-stick.

  • No one was abroad but an occasional policeman, twirling his night-stick.

    The Happy Venture

    Edith Ballinger Price

  • Whereupon he strode abreast of They, swinging his night-stick thoughtfully.

  • The dagger and the night-stick (the latter a stout truncheon weighted with lead) were doing the work, and effectively, too.

    The Doomsman

    Van Tassel Sutphen

British Dictionary definitions for night stick

night stick


US and Canadian a heavy baton or club carried by a policeman, primaBritish equivalent: truncheon
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