sharpened and often poisoned bamboo stake set in a hole as a trap for animals or enemies, 1872, of unknown origin, probably from a Tibeto-Burman language (first recorded in a Bengal context).

Nearby words

  1. punitively,
  2. punitory,
  3. punjab,
  4. punjab states,
  5. punjabi,
  6. punji stake,
  7. punk,
  8. punk rock,
  9. punka,
  10. punkah

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper