- the club carried by a police officer; billy.
- a staff representing an office or authority; baton.
- the shattered shaft of a spear.
- Obsolete. cudgel; bludgeon.
- Archaic. to beat with a club.
Origin of truncheon
Examples from the Web for truncheon
Ludmila says that she attacked a policeman bludgeoning an elderly woman with a truncheon, but in vain—the woman died.Ukraine’s Bloody Crackdown Enters Its Third Day
February 19, 2014
And Mr. Withells became a special constable, with a badge and a truncheon.Jan and Her Job
L. Allen Harker
Thank goodness, if I do meet a spy, I've got a truncheon and a whistle.
A staff, truncheon, or badge of military honour for field-marshals.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
Now then, Monty,” (to the boy), “give up my helmet and truncheon.Dusty Diamonds Cut and Polished
The Emperor's truncheon is a short staff, the emblem of his office.Selections from the Poems and Plays of Robert Browning
- mainly British a short thick club or cudgel carried by a policeman
- a baton of officea marshal's truncheon
- archaic a short club or cudgel
- the shaft of a spear
- (tr) to beat with a truncheon
Word Origin and History for truncheon
c.1300, "shaft of a spear," also "short stick, cudgel," from Old North French tronchon, Old French tronchon (11c.) "a piece cut off, thick stick, stump," from Vulgar Latin *truncionem (nominative *truncio), from Latin truncus (see trunk). Meaning "staff as a symbol of office" is recorded from 1575; sense of "policeman's club" is recorded from 1880.