American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A short heavy club, usually of wood, that is thicker or loaded at one end.
- v. To hit with or as if with a heavy club.
- v. To overcome by or as if by using a heavy club. See Synonyms at intimidate.
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.
- 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.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A short stick, with one end loaded, or thicker and heavier that the other, used as an offensive weapon.
- 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
- 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)
- Origin unknown. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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