Definition of knobkerrie in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈnäbˌkerē/
(also knobkierie)


A short stick with a knobbed head, traditionally used as a weapon by the indigenous peoples of South Africa.
Example sentences
  • It was a cold morning on Ray Street on 9 February 1955 when 2000 policemen, armed with guns, knobkerries and rifles, forcefully moved the families to Meadowlands, Soweto.
  • The new mace, in the shape of a knobkierie, was designed to reflect the history, tradition, diversity, culture, and languages of South Africa.
  • The physical abuse included severe beatings with knobkerries which resulted in bruises, broken limbs and widespread lacerations.


[with object]
Beat with a knobkerrie.


Mid 19th century: from knob + -kerrie (from Nama kieri 'knobkerrie'), suggested by Afrikaans knopkierie.

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Syllabification: knob·ker·rie

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