Origin of sjambokAfrikaans ; from Malay cambuk, a large whip ; from Hindi cābuk
Origin of sjambokAfrikaans, from Malay cambuk, whip, from Hindi cābuk, from Persian chābuk, from Middle Persian.
(third-person singular simple present sjamboks, present participle sjambokking, simple past and past participle sjambokked)
- To whip with a sjambok; to horsewhip.
From Afrikaans, from the Javanese cambuk, and as borrowed in Malay: modern Indonesian and Malay. Originally spelt in the colonial Dutch transliteration tscamboek. The term was imported by VOC officials, Dutch merchants, the Maardijkers (Maluku (Moluccan) freemen and burghers), and Inlanders (Javanese and other modern Indonesian slaves and political exiles expelled to Dutch South Africa).