truncheon


1trun·cheon

noun \ˈtrən-chən\

Definition of TRUNCHEON

1
:  a shattered spear or lance
2
a obsolete :  club, bludgeon
b :  baton 2
c :  a police officer's billy club

Examples of TRUNCHEON

  1. <police officers were forced to use their truncheons on the rioters>

Origin of TRUNCHEON

Middle English tronchoun, from Anglo-French trunchun, from Vulgar Latin *truncion-, *truncio, from Latin truncus trunk
First Known Use: 14th century

Other Weapons and Explosives Terms

automatic, carbine, cudgel, muzzle, rapier

Rhymes with TRUNCHEON

2truncheon

transitive verb

Definition of TRUNCHEON

archaic
:  to beat with a truncheon

First Known Use of TRUNCHEON

circa 1598

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