knobkerrie

noun
knob·​ker·​rie | \ ˈnäb-ˌker-ē How to pronounce knobkerrie (audio) \

Definition of knobkerrie

: a short wooden club with a knob at one end used as a missile or in close attack especially by Zulus of southern Africa

First Known Use of knobkerrie

1826, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for knobkerrie

Afrikaans knopkierie, from knop knob + kierie club

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about knobkerrie

Time Traveler for knobkerrie

Time Traveler

The first known use of knobkerrie was in 1826

See more words from the same year

Statistics for knobkerrie

Cite this Entry

“Knobkerrie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/knobkerrie. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

More from Merriam-Webster on knobkerrie

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for knobkerrie

Comments on knobkerrie

What made you want to look up knobkerrie? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Star Wars Words Quiz

  • cu jedi training
  • The bounty portion of bounty hunters (such as Boba Fett) comes from a Latin word meaning
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Typeshift

Anagram puzzles meet word search.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!