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A truncheon/nightstick/baton


From Middle English tronchoun, from Old French tronchon (thick stick), from Late Latin *troncionem, from Latin truncus.



truncheon (plural truncheons)

  1. A short staff, a club; a cudgel.
  2. A baton, or military staff of command, now especially the stick carried by a police officer.
    Synonyms: (US) nightstick, baton
  3. (obsolete) A fragment or piece broken off from something, especially a broken-off piece of a spear or lance.
  4. (obsolete) The shaft of a spear.
  5. (obsolete) A stout stem, as of a tree, with the branches lopped off, to produce rapid growth.
  6. (euphemistic) A penis.
    • 1749, [John Cleland], “(Please specify the letter or volume)”, in Memoirs of a Woman of Pleasure [Fanny Hill], London: [] G. Fenton [i.e., Fenton and Ralph Griffiths] [], →OCLC:
      Then, being on his knees between my legs, he drew up his shirt and bared all his hairy thighs, and stiff staring truncheon, red-topt and rooted into a thicket of curls

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truncheon (third-person singular simple present truncheons, present participle truncheoning, simple past and past participle truncheoned)

  1. (transitive) To strike with a truncheon.