[ sham-bok, -buhk ]
/ ʃæmˈbɒk, -ˈbʌk /


(in southern Africa) a heavy whip, usually of rhinoceros hide.

verb (used with object)

to whip with or as if with such a whip.

Origin of sjambok

1820–30; < Afrikaans s(j)ambok < Malay cambuk whip < Hindi cābuk Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for sjambok

/ (ˈʃæmbʌk, in South Africa -bɒk) /


a heavy whip of rhinoceros or hippopotamus hide
a stiff synthetic version of this, used in crowd control

verb -boks, -bokking or -bokked

(tr) to strike or beat with such a whip

Word Origin for sjambok

C19: from Afrikaans, from Malay samboq, chamboq, from Urdu chābuk
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