nunchuck

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noun nun·chuck \ ˈnən-ˌchək \
variants: or less commonly nunchuk
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of nunchuck

plural nunchucks also nunchuks
:a weapon that consists of two sticks joined by a short length of cord, chain, or rawhide :nunchaku usually plural
  • For a time, he walked around with a set of nunchucks in a holster strapped to his leg, like a six-shooter …
  • —Patrick Redden Keefe
  • … surprised a pair of burglars, one of whom was carrying a knife and two nunchuks.
  • American Rifleman

Origin and Etymology of nunchuck

probably representing Anglicization of nunchaku (with stress shift and deletion of final vowel)
Note: Alternatively, final vowel loss may reflect devoicing of -u in Japanese.


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