Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun See kirri.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Afrikaans knopkierie : knop, knob (from Middle Dutch cnoppe) + kieri, club (from Khoikhoi kirri, stick).]

Examples

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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

    Let The Dead Lie

  • 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

  • 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.

    Watershed

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

    Let The Dead Lie

  • 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

  • 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’

  • 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.

    Wildwood

  • 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.

    Wildwood

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