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Meaning of TRUNCHEON

Pronunciation:  'trunchun

WordNet Dictionary
[n]  a policeman's club

TRUNCHEON is a 9 letter word that starts with T.


 Synonyms: billy, billystick, nightstick
 See Also: club



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Trun"cheon\, n. [OE. tronchoun the shaft of a broken
    spear, broken piece, OF. tronchon, tron?on, F. tron?on, fr.
    OF. & F. tronce, tronche, a piece of wood; cf. OF. trons,
    tros, trois; all perhaps from L. thyrsus a stalk, stem,
    staff. See {Thyrsus}, and cf. {Trounce}.]
    1. A short staff, a club; a cudgel; a shaft of a spear.
             With his truncheon he so rudely struck. --Spenser.
    2. A baton, or military staff of command.
             The marshal's truncheon nor the judges robe. --Shak.
    3. A stout stem, as of a tree, with the branches lopped off,
       to produce rapid growth. --Gardner.
  2. \Trun"cheon\, v. t.
    To beat with a truncheon. --Shak.