from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A short heavy club, usually of wood, that is thicker or loaded at one end.
- transitive v. To hit with or as if with a heavy club.
- transitive v. To overcome by or as if by using a heavy club. See Synonyms at intimidate.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A short, heavy club, often of wood, which is thicker or loaded at one end.
- v. To strike or hit with something hard, usually on the head; to club.
- v. To coerce someone, as if with a bludgeon.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A short stick, with one end loaded, or thicker and heavier that the other, used as an offensive weapon.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A heavy stick, particularly one with one end loaded or thicker and heavier than the other, used as an offensive weapon.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. overcome or coerce as if by using a heavy club
- v. strike with a club or a bludgeon
- n. a club used as a weapon
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
First attested in 1730. Origin uncertain, perhaps of Cornish origin (recorded as blogon c. 1450) or from Middle French bougeon, a diminutive of bouge ("club, stick"). (Wiktionary)