Ferule definition

fĕrəl
An instrument, such as a cane, stick, or flat piece of wood, used in punishing children.
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A flat stick or ruler used for punishing children.
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A ruler-shaped instrument, generally used to slap naughty children on the hand.
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To punish with a ferule.
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To punish with a ferule.
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To strike or punish with a ferule.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
ferule
Plural:
ferules

Origin of ferule

  • Middle English ferul fennel stalk from Latin ferula fennel stalk, rod

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Wiktionary