knob·​ker·​rie ˈnäb-ˌker-ē How to pronounce knobkerrie (audio)
: a short wooden club with a knob at one end used as a missile or in close attack especially by Zulus of southern Africa

Word History


Afrikaans knopkierie, from knop knob + kierie club

First Known Use

1826, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of knobkerrie was in 1826

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“Knobkerrie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 Dec. 2023.

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