nun·​chuck | \ ˈnən-ˌchək How to pronounce nunchuck (audio) \
variants: or less commonly nunchuk
plural nunchucks also nunchuks

Definition of nunchuck

: a weapon that consists of two sticks joined by a short length of cord, chain, or rawhide : nunchaku usually pluralFor 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

Examples of nunchuck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Officers also found various weapons inside, including samurai swords, nunchucks and knives. Fox News, "German police attacked with stones, iron bars while enforcing coronavirus social distance measures," 12 Apr. 2020 During a search of the house in Wimauma, investigators also seized pistol powder, knives, hatchets, nunchucks, BB pellet rifles and handguns and books and DVDs on murder, mass killing, bomb-making and domestic terrorism, Fox 13 Tampa reported. Fox News, "Florida woman arrested after parents find 24 pipe bombs in her bedroom," 5 Oct. 2019 Most candles extinguished by nunchucks in one minute Xie Desheng snuffed out 52 open flames with nothing but ninja-like precision. Scottie Andrew, CNN, "Pinky pull ups, mayo eating and other weird feats in the new Guinness World Records book," 8 Sep. 2019 Also declared unconstitutional have been New York State’s ban on nunchucks and Connecticut’s ban on transporting a police baton when moving it to a new home. David B. Kopel, National Review, "Heller’s Precarious Situation," 12 Sep. 2019 Sarafina Bush's deliberately tacky costumes are a hoot, and the frequent dance numbers, many of them incorporating martial arts moves (and nunchucks as well!), are a lot of fun. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Broadway Bounty Hunter': Theater Review," 24 July 2019 That vision comes down to mixing together worlds, with nods to privilege (a silver spoon jutting out from a model’s mouth) or sometimes stereotypical odes to Asian culture (a denim and suede purse made out of nunchucks). Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Asai Is the Red-Hot London Label Delivering Clothes in Chinese Takeout Boxes," 12 June 2018 Officers seized high-capacity magazines, a pair of nunchucks and cocaine, according to Suttles, who said Selin Charmaholi’s brother, Sergey Charmaholi, 34, was allegedly responsible for supplying the drug. Andy Nguyen,, "Weapons arsenal uncovered during probation check leads to arrest of Glendale siblings," 31 May 2018 Garcia followed him outside with a pair of nunchucks, and the two started brawling, Baytown police said in a release. Keri Blakinger, Houston Chronicle, "Nunchuck-wielding man stabbed in back of head in Baytown," 25 Feb. 2018

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First Known Use of nunchuck

1970, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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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“Nunchuck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 19 Oct. 2020.

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