- Obs. a short, thick club; cudgel
- any staff or baton used as a symbol of authority
- Chiefly Brit. a policeman's stick or billy
- Obs. the shaft of a spear
- Obs. a trunk or stem, esp. one with the branches lopped off
Origin of truncheonMiddle English tronchoun ; from Old French tronchon ; from Vulgar Latin an unverified form truncio ; from Classical Latin truncus, a stem, trunk
Archaic to beat with a truncheon
- A short stick carried by police; a billy club.
- A staff carried as a symbol of office or authority; a baton.
- A thick cutting from a plant, as for grafting.
- Obsolete A heavy club; a cudgel.
Origin of truncheonMiddle English tronchon, piece broken off, club, from Old North French, from Vulgar Latin *trunci&omacron;, *trunci&omacron;n-, from Latin truncus, trunk; see trunk.
(third-person singular simple present truncheons, present participle truncheoning, simple past and past participle truncheoned)
- To strike with a truncheon.