Definition of sjambok in English:

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Pronunciation: /SHamˈbäk/
Pronunciation: /ˈSHamˌbäk/
Pronunciation: /ˈSHambək/


(In South Africa) a long, stiff whip, originally made of rhinoceros hide.
Example sentences
  • The police used tear gas and sjamboks to break up the crowd.
  • He was beaten by 16 youths carrying hammers, axes, sticks and sjamboks, and suffered severe head injuries.
  • The officers, armed with batons and sjamboks, struggled to control the horde.

verb (sjamboks, sjambokking, sjambokked)

[with object]
Flog with a sjambok.
Example sentences
  • He volunteered to combat looting in the chaos of the strike, and sjambokked nine people for looting.
  • The two men managed to run away and the strikers began sjambokking and hitting Grobbelaar with sticks.
  • Sithole was sjambokked and punched so severely that he could not go to work for two months.


From South African Dutch tjambok, via Malay from Urdu chābuk.

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Syllabification: sjam·bok

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