or nun·chuck or num·chuck
nounoften nunchakus or nunchucks or numchucks
A pair of hardwood sticks joined by a chain or cord and used as a weapon.
Origin of nunchakuOkinawan Japanese, probably from Taiwanese neng-cak, a type of farm implement : neng, two, paired (akin to Mandarin li&acaron;ng, from Middle Chinese liaŋ´) + cak, chisel (akin to Mandarin záo, chisel, from Middle Chinese dzak).
(countable and uncountable, plural nunchakus)
- (martial arts) a weapon consisting of two sticks joined by a chain or cord
- A similarly formed device, such as the Wii Nunchuk attachment.
Japanese word, from Min Nan trad. 兩節棍, simpl. 两节棍 (POJ nn̄g-chiat-kùn, IPA: /nʌŋ˨˩tɕiat˥˥kun˨˩/)