[ nuhn-chah-koo ]
/ nʌnˈtʃɑ ku /


Sometimes nunchakus. a Japanese hand weapon for defense against frontal assault, consisting of two foot-long hardwood sticks joined by a chain or thick cord that stretches to body width.
Also nun-chucks, nun·chucks [nuhn-chuhks] /ˈnʌnˌtʃʌks/.

Origin of nunchaku

1965–70; < Okinawan Japanese version of a dialectal Chinese (Taiwan) word for a farm implement, probably neng-cak, equivalent to Chinese lyǎng pair(ed) + záo dig (a hole), i.e., two diggers; with 2nd element interpreted as zat, equivalent to Chinese jié section
Also called karate sticks. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020