truncheon

noun
trun·​cheon | \ ˈtrən-chən How to pronounce truncheon (audio) \

Definition of truncheon

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a police officer's billy club
c obsolete : club, bludgeon
2 : a shattered spear or lance

truncheon

verb
truncheoned; truncheoning; truncheons

Definition of truncheon (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

archaic
: to beat with a truncheon

Synonyms for truncheon

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of truncheon in a Sentence

Noun police officers kept their hands on their truncheons
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The baton that Reagan passed to a new generation became a truncheon in Gingrich’s hands. Christopher Buckley, Washington Post, 5 Aug. 2022 Not far from where those spokesmen congregate is another image, that of thousands of Afghans running a chaotic gantlet of dangers, including truncheon-wielding Taliban fighters, to make their way to the airport and escape the country. Los Angeles Times, 22 Aug. 2021 Visitors are asked to pick up a truncheon (a thick stick carried as a weapon by police officers) to learn what happened next. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 28 Apr. 2021 Visitors are asked to pick up a truncheon (a stick carried as a weapon by police officers) to learn what happened next. Amy Schwabe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 23 Apr. 2021 Student Sasha Vilks showed a reporter his legs and his back deeply bruised from truncheon blows, but told his weeping mother not to look. Yuras Karmanau, Star Tribune, 15 Aug. 2020 Some were hung on the wall and beaten with electrified truncheons. David Stavrou, Harper's Magazine, 30 Mar. 2020 Some were hung on the wall and beaten with electrified truncheons. David Stavrou, Harper's Magazine, 30 Mar. 2020 Some were hung on the wall and beaten with electrified truncheons. David Stavrou, Harper's Magazine, 30 Mar. 2020 See More

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First Known Use of truncheon

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 2

Verb

circa 1598, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for truncheon

Noun

Middle English tronchoun, from Anglo-French trunchun, from Vulgar Latin *truncion-, *truncio, from Latin truncus trunk

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Last Updated

15 Aug 2022

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“Truncheon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/truncheon. Accessed 26 Sep. 2022.

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