truncheon

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Related to truncheons: cudgel, nightstick

trun·cheon

 (trŭn′chən)
n.
1. A short stick carried by police; a billy club.
2. A staff carried as a symbol of office or authority; a baton.
3. A thick cutting from a plant, as for grafting.
4. Obsolete A heavy club; a cudgel.

[Middle English tronchon, piece broken off, club, from Old North French, from Vulgar Latin *trunciō, *trunciōn-, from Latin truncus, trunk; see trunk.]

trun′cheon v.

truncheon

(ˈtrʌntʃən)
n
1. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) chiefly Brit a short thick club or cudgel carried by a policeman
2. a baton of office: a marshal's truncheon.
3. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) archaic a short club or cudgel
4. (Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) the shaft of a spear
vb
(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) (tr) to beat with a truncheon
[C16: from Old French tronchon stump, from Latin truncus trunk; see truncate]

trun•cheon

(ˈtrʌn tʃən)

n.
1. the club carried by a police officer; billy.
2. a staff representing an office or authority; baton.
3. the shattered shaft of a spear.
4. Obs. cudgel; bludgeon.
v.t.
5. Archaic. to beat with a club.
[1300–50; Middle English tronchon fragment < Middle French < Vulgar Latin *trunciōnem, acc. of *trunciō, derivative of truncus trunk]

truncheon


Past participle: truncheoned
Gerund: truncheoning

Imperative
truncheon
truncheon
Present
I truncheon
you truncheon
he/she/it truncheons
we truncheon
you truncheon
they truncheon
Preterite
I truncheoned
you truncheoned
he/she/it truncheoned
we truncheoned
you truncheoned
they truncheoned
Present Continuous
I am truncheoning
you are truncheoning
he/she/it is truncheoning
we are truncheoning
you are truncheoning
they are truncheoning
Present Perfect
I have truncheoned
you have truncheoned
he/she/it has truncheoned
we have truncheoned
you have truncheoned
they have truncheoned
Past Continuous
I was truncheoning
you were truncheoning
he/she/it was truncheoning
we were truncheoning
you were truncheoning
they were truncheoning
Past Perfect
I had truncheoned
you had truncheoned
he/she/it had truncheoned
we had truncheoned
you had truncheoned
they had truncheoned
Future
I will truncheon
you will truncheon
he/she/it will truncheon
we will truncheon
you will truncheon
they will truncheon
Future Perfect
I will have truncheoned
you will have truncheoned
he/she/it will have truncheoned
we will have truncheoned
you will have truncheoned
they will have truncheoned
Future Continuous
I will be truncheoning
you will be truncheoning
he/she/it will be truncheoning
we will be truncheoning
you will be truncheoning
they will be truncheoning
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been truncheoning
you have been truncheoning
he/she/it has been truncheoning
we have been truncheoning
you have been truncheoning
they have been truncheoning
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been truncheoning
you will have been truncheoning
he/she/it will have been truncheoning
we will have been truncheoning
you will have been truncheoning
they will have been truncheoning
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been truncheoning
you had been truncheoning
he/she/it had been truncheoning
we had been truncheoning
you had been truncheoning
they had been truncheoning
Conditional
I would truncheon
you would truncheon
he/she/it would truncheon
we would truncheon
you would truncheon
they would truncheon
Past Conditional
I would have truncheoned
you would have truncheoned
he/she/it would have truncheoned
we would have truncheoned
you would have truncheoned
they would have truncheoned

truncheon

nightstick
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.truncheon - a short stout club used primarily by policementruncheon - a short stout club used primarily by policemen
club - stout stick that is larger at one end; "he carried a club in self defense"; "he felt as if he had been hit with a club"

truncheon

noun (Chiefly Brit.) club, staff, stick, baton, cudgel He swung his truncheon at him, knocking him to the ground.
Translations
عَصا، هِراوَه
obušek
knippel
kylfa
nūjasteks

truncheon

[ˈtrʌntʃən] Nporra f

truncheon

[ˈtrʌntʃən] n (British)matraque f

truncheon

n(Gummi)knüppel m; (esp of riot police) → Schlagstock m

truncheon

[ˈtrʌntʃn] nmanganello, sfollagente m inv

truncheon

(ˈtrantʃən) noun
a short heavy stick, carried especially by British policemen.
References in classic literature ?
The potboy at the corner, who is a privileged amateur, as possessing official knowledge of life and having to deal with drunken men occasionally, exchanges confidential communications with the policeman and has the appearance of an impregnable youth, unassailable by truncheons and unconfinable in station-houses.
These vocal exertions, emanating from the people who had been there longest, naturally proceeded from those who were nearest to the platform and furthest from the policemen in attendance, who having no great mind to fight their way through the crowd, but entertaining nevertheless a praiseworthy desire to do something to quell the disturbance, immediately began to drag forth, by the coat tails and collars, all the quiet people near the door; at the same time dealing out various smart and tingling blows with their truncheons, after the manner of that ingenious actor, Mr Punch: whose brilliant example, both in the fashion of his weapons and their use, this branch of the executive occasionally follows.
It was pointed at an angle of ninety degrees, and suspended upon truncheons, so that the president could balance himself upon it as upon a rocking-chair, a very agreeable fact in the very hot weather.
There were certainly no policemen to soothe startled horses, either by sawing at their bridles or flourishing truncheons in their eyes; and I am ready to make oath that no inoffensive persons were knocked violently on the head, or poked acutely in their backs or stomachs; or brought to a standstill by any such gentle means, and then taken into custody for not moving on.
Micawber, without looking off the letter, pointed the ruler, like a ghostly truncheon, at Uriah Heep, '"I ask no consideration for myself.
The royal phantom also carried a ghostly manuscript round its truncheon, to which it had the appearance of occasionally referring, and that, too, with an air of anxiety and a tendency to lose the place of reference which were suggestive of a state of mortality.
Other attendants there were of a different description; two or three large and shaggy greyhounds, such as were then employed in hunting the stag and wolf; as many slow-hounds of a large bony breed, with thick necks, large beads, and long ears; and one or two of the smaller dogs, now called terriers, which waited with impatience the arrival of the supper; but, with the sagacious knowledge of physiognomy peculiar to their race, forbore to intrude upon the moody silence of their master, apprehensive probably of a small white truncheon which lay by Cedric's trencher, for the purpose of repelling the advances of his four-legged dependants.
Thus the aged form advanced on one side, and the whole parade of soldiers and magistrates on the other, till, when scarcely twenty yards remained between, the old man grasped his staff by the middle, and held it before him like a leader's truncheon.
He comes; a severe, sedate, immovable, dark rider, waving his truncheon of universal sway, as he passes along the lengthened line, on the pale horse of the Revelation.
If God Almighty held the truncheon of the lists, if St Michael blew the trumpet for the swords to cross--even then, if one of them stood ready, the other would not come.
And here was a stolid constable confronting us, in the short tunic that they wear in summer, his whistle on its chain, but no truncheon at his side.
Here, my man, out you go on the roof to make one less, and have your truncheon handy.