nunchaku

noun nun·cha·ku \ ˈnən-ˌchək , ˌnən-ˈchä-kü \
|Updated on: 5 Jun 2018

Definition of nunchaku

plural nunchaku or nunchakus
: a weapon of Japanese origin that consists of two sticks joined at their ends by a short length of rawhide, cord, or chain usually plural
Note: The sticks of nunchakus are traditionally hardwood, but modern versions are made of various materials including metal and plastic.
  • Essentially two 12-inch sticks bound together by a short, double nylon cord, the nunchaku (pronounced nun-cha-koo) obtained prominence in America in the '70s, when kung fu fighter Bruce Lee wielded it with furious grace in his cult-classic movies.
  • —William Plummer and Robin Micheli
called also nunchuck

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Origin and Etymology of nunchaku

Japanese dialect (Okinawa)


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