nun·​chuck ˈnən-ˌchək How to pronounce nunchuck (audio)
variants or less commonly nunchuk
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

Examples of nunchuck in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web These include air rifles, paintball guns, combat gloves, billy clubs, swords, axes, slingshots, metal water bottles, aerosol cans, ladders, BB guns, pellet guns, nunchucks, shovels or other things that could be used to hurt people or damage property. Tamia Fowlkes, Journal Sentinel, 10 July 2024 One deputy, identified in the complaint as Daniel Rodriguez, used a pair of nunchucks to control Peters’ right arm, according to the lawsuit — and eventually applied enough force to break his wrist and sever two arteries. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, 10 June 2024 The incident prompted the Denver Sheriff Department to ban the use of specialized nunchucks for law enforcement officers. Joe Rubino, The Denver Post, 10 June 2024 Over the years, more animated series came at audiences like twirling nunchucks while Paramount, which landed the rights to the property via Viacom in 2009, put out two live-action movie produced by Michael Bay that starred Megan Fox and Will Arnett in the mid-2010s. Borys Kit, The Hollywood Reporter, 11 Apr. 2024 Second only to Lynskey in luminescence in this movie is Wood, whose Tony named his dog Kevin and specializes in nunchucks and ninja stars., 18 Jan. 2024 As for Rhonda’s interior, it was equipped with a refrigerator, couch and nunchucks. Jazz Tangcay, Variety, 6 Dec. 2023 Cats had Buck knives, switchblades, brass knuckles, baseball bats, and nunchucks. Matt Thompson, Spin, 26 Sep. 2023 If the Second Amendment is not limited to firearms, Monday’s ruling also calls into question state-level bans on weapons like truncheons, saps, billy clubs, nunchucks, and the like. Matt Ford, The New Republic, 9 Aug. 2023

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Word History


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.

First Known Use

1970, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of nunchuck was in 1970

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Cite this Entry

“Nunchuck.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 2024.

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