night·​stick ˈnīt-ˌstik How to pronounce nightstick (audio)
: a police officer's club

Examples of nightstick in a Sentence

police officers fitted out with nightsticks and handcuffs
Recent Examples on the Web In the early 1800s, officers blew whistles and rapped their nightsticks to alert people to crimes. Chelsia Rose Marcius, New York Times, 19 Nov. 2023 Video from the protests shows police aggressively flogging protesters with nightsticks. Phil McCausland, NBC News, 1 May 2023 That nightstick is used to rape people, women and men. Masha Gessen, The New Yorker, 13 Dec. 2020 In the image of Trump rushing the police officers, the A.I. generator has fused the former president’s lower half with that of a cop, so Trump appears to be sporting a nightstick in a holster belt. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, 7 Apr. 2023 The president and his fellow marchers climbed to the part of the bridge where, 58 years ago, peaceful protesters were beaten with nightsticks and tear gassed by a group of white police officers. Katie Rogers, New York Times, 5 Mar. 2023 Then one pulled out a nightstick. David D. Kirkpatrick, The New Yorker, 28 Jan. 2023 For failing to have his nightstick on duty. John Archibald |, al, 16 Nov. 2020 Nichols is then pulled up by his shoulders and kicked in the face twice, then later is hit in the back with what appears to be a nightstick. Christina Maxouris, CNN, 28 Jan. 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1887, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nightstick was in 1887

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“Nightstick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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night·​stick -ˌstik How to pronounce nightstick (audio)
: a police officer's club

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