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

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Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of truncheon in a Sentence

Noun police officers were forced to use their truncheons on the rioters
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun 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, "Freed from Belarus jails, protesters recount beatings," 15 Aug. 2020 Some were hung on the wall and beaten with electrified truncheons. David Stavrou, Harper's Magazine, "At the Mind’s Limits," 30 Mar. 2020 Some were hung on the wall and beaten with electrified truncheons. David Stavrou, Harper's Magazine, "At the Mind’s Limits," 30 Mar. 2020 Some were hung on the wall and beaten with electrified truncheons. David Stavrou, Harper's Magazine, "At the Mind’s Limits," 30 Mar. 2020 Some were hung on the wall and beaten with electrified truncheons. David Stavrou, Harper's Magazine, "At the Mind’s Limits," 30 Mar. 2020 Some were hung on the wall and beaten with electrified truncheons. David Stavrou, Harper's Magazine, "At the Mind’s Limits," 30 Mar. 2020 Some were hung on the wall and beaten with electrified truncheons. David Stavrou, Harper's Magazine, "At the Mind’s Limits," 30 Mar. 2020 Some were hung on the wall and beaten with electrified truncheons. David Stavrou, Harper's magazine, "At the Mind’s Limits," 2 Mar. 2020

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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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“Truncheon.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/truncheon. Accessed 21 Apr. 2021.

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