from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A heavy whip, usually made of animal hide.
- transitive v. To hit or beat with a sjambok.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A stout whip, especially made of rhinoceros or hippopotamus hide.
- v. To whip with a sjambok; to horsewhip.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A heavy whip of leather or hide.
- To strike with a sjambok.
Afrikaans, from Malay cambuk, whip, from Hindi cābuk, from Persian chābuk, from Middle Persian.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Afrikaans, from the Javanese cambuk, and as borrowed in Malay: modern Indonesian and Malay. Originally spelt in the colonial Dutch transliteration tscamboek. Term imported by VOC officials, Dutch merchants, the Maardijkers (Maluku (Moluccan) freemen and burghers); and Inlanders: Javanese and other modern Indonesian slaves and political exiles expelled to Dutch South Africa. (Wiktionary)