from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A short club with one knobbed end, used as a weapon by warriors of certain South African peoples.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A short wooden club with a knobbed end used as a missile weapon by Kafir and other native tribes of South Africa.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. See kirri.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a short wooden club with a heavy knob on one end; used by aborigines in southern Africa


Afrikaans knopkierie : knop, knob (from Middle Dutch cnoppe) + kieri, club (from Khoikhoin kirri, stick).
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)


  • Lawyers for Creamer have asked forensic experts to consider the possibility that a South African tribal stick known as a knobkerrie was used in the killing. | Top Stories

  • A few months later, in February 2008, Mrs Creamer killed her husband David by stabbing him once in the abdomen and bashing him, possibly with an African tribal stick known as a knobkerrie, at their home in the eastern Victorian town of Moe. | Top Stories

  • The hard clicks and tongue-twisting consonants of the Zulu language had a rhythm and a melody that was unique, and to speak it, even here in the dark, unarmed, with a knobkerrie poised above his head, gave Emmanuel pleasure.

    Let The Dead Lie

  • A wood knobkerrie, a native club, was raised high in the air.

    Let The Dead Lie

  • In his confession, Hardus says he went upstairs and bashed his father on the head with a knobkerrie.

    Parent killers claim to have been under spell of God’s ‘third son’

  • Behind the team the gun was bouncing over the ground, with some poor devil clinging to the muzzle, his feet trailing in the dust, until a Zulu, leaping behind, dashed his brains out with a knobkerrie.


  • Its hard, dense wood is said to fashion the original cosh: the knobkerrie, or shillelagh, although Robert Graves asserts in The White Goddess that the weapon is in fact an oak club.


  • Some, carrying sjamboks and a knobkerrie, danced in the street under the watchful eye of police.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Was in Port Sudan lately and bought a nice old Beja throwing stick, some kaskara, a shield, jambiya and a staff or knobkerrie.

    Sudanese Throwing Sticks

  • Shoppers fled and shop-owners hurriedly lowered their shutters as thousands of stick - and knobkerrie-wielding protesters ran through Durban's city centre on Tuesday to the city hall to object to plans to rename streets after ANC heroes.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

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