(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
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Historical Examples of sjambok
Sjambok occurs in 17th-century accounts of India in the form chawbuck.
You are 'Mwanga's dog, and he will skin you with a sjambok soon.'
There was the sjambok I had forgotten still lying on the window sill.
"Ou Baas holds the sjambok in his hand when he talks to me," he said quite simply.
Sibijaan drove the mules and swung his sjambok without mercy.
British Dictionary definitions for sjambok
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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