Definitions

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

  • noun A heavy whip, usually made of animal hide.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A heavy whip of leather or hide.
  • To strike with a sjambok.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun A stout whip, especially made of rhinoceros or hippopotamus hide.
  • verb transitive To whip with a sjambok; to horsewhip.

Etymologies

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

[Afrikaans, from Malay cambuk, whip, from Hindi cābuk, from Persian chābuk, from Middle Persian.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.

Examples

  • They had lived in a land where the sjambok was the symbol of progress.

    The Project Gutenberg Complete Works of Gilbert Parker

  • The sjambok is the Baas 'cure for the traitor, and sometimes it kills to cure.

    The Judgment House

  • The sjambok is the Baas 'cure for the traitor, and sometimes it kills to cure.

    The Project Gutenberg Complete Works of Gilbert Parker

  • They had lived in a land where the sjambok was the symbol of progress.

    The Judgment House

  • Instead of using a "sjambok" smokers should be exhorted not to smoke and shown the dangers in and consequences of such a habit.

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • "I do not know his name, but I heard one of the Boers say, 'That slim duyvel with the sjambok is the new Military Commandant.'

    The Dop Doctor

  • On inquiring how he came to get such a tremendous thrashing, it turned out that these Basutus have a custom of sending young men of a certain age [+] out in couples, each armed with a good "sjambok" (a whip cut from the hide of a sea-cow), to thrash one another till one gives in, and that it was in one of these encounters that the intelligent Scowl got so lacerated; but, as he remarked with a grin, "_My_ back is nothing, the chiefs should see that of the other boy."

    Cetywayo and his White Neighbours Remarks on Recent Events in Zululand, Natal, and the Transvaal

  • "sjambok" serves as "a little bit of medicine" to cure the culprit,

    ANC Daily News Briefing

  • Johnson's promised fuller analysis is now in development, with a Telegraph column suggesting that something subtler than police "sjambok drubbings" may be required.

    London's missing dimension – serenity | Dave Hill

  • "I'll give you sjambok, my lady!" growls I, and lifted her bodily out of the swing, but even as I cast about for galloping room, she left off gnawing at me and panted: "Wait ... let me show you!"

    THE NUMBERS

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