verb (used with object)
- trundle bed,
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.
They took off his helmet, and, drawing out the truncheon, the poor squire fell down dead.The History of Chivalry, Volume I (of 2)|Charles Mills
In one hand Sir William grasps a truncheon, and in the background the painter has depicted the siege of Louisburg.Nooks and Corners of the New England Coast|Samuel Adams Drake
"I wish I had my truncheon," said the policeman, going irresolutely to the door.The Invisible Man|H. G. Wells
And I took the man's watch and chain into the closet with me, as well as the cap and truncheon that I had picked up before.The Thousandth Woman|Ernest W. Hornung
Hall crushed a pedantic fool with a single blow of his truncheon.Sketches of Reforms and Reformers, of Great Britain and Ireland|Henry B. Stanton
Word Origin 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.