Truncheon vs Waddy - What's the difference?

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Truncheon is a related term of waddy.

As nouns the difference between truncheon and waddy

is that truncheon is (label) a fragment or piece broken off from something, especially a broken-off piece of a spear or lance while waddy is (colloquial) a cowboy or waddy can be (australia) a war club used by aboriginal australians; a nulla nulla.

As a verb truncheon

is to strike with a truncheon.




(en noun)
  • (label) A fragment or piece broken off from something, especially a broken-off piece of a spear or lance.
  • *, Bk.VII:
  • *:Helpe me that thys truncheoune were oute of my syde, for hit stykith so sore that hit nyghe sleyth me.
  • *1596 , (Edmund Spenser), The Faerie Queene , IV.3:
  • *:Therewith asunder in the midst it brast, / And in his hand nought but the troncheon left.
  • (label) The shaft of a spear.
  • A short staff, a club; a cudgel.
  • *(Edmund Spenser) (c.1552–1599)
  • *:With his truncheon he so rudely struck.
  • *1786 , Francis Grose, A Treatise on Ancient Armour and Weapons , p.52:
  • *:One is a large ball of iron, fastened with three chains to a strong truncheon or staff of about two feet long; the other is of mixed metal, in the form of a channelled melon, fastened also to a staff by a triple chain; these balls weigh eight pounds.
  • A baton, or military staff of command, now especially the stick carried by a police officer.
  • *1604 , William Shakespeare, Measure for Measure , Act II, Scene II, l.60:
  • *:Not the king's crown, nor the deputed sword / The marshal's truncheon , nor the judge's robe / Become them with one half so good a grace / As mercy does.
  • (label) A stout stem, as of a tree, with the branches lopped off, to produce rapid growth.
  • :(Gardner)
  • (label) A penis.
  • See also

    * bludgeon


    (en verb)
  • To strike with a truncheon.
  • (Shakespeare)



    Etymology 1

    Origin unknown.

    Alternative forms

    * waddie


  • (colloquial) A cowboy.
  • * 1992 , , All the Pretty Horses ,
  • This is how it was with the old waddies , aint it?
  • * 1968 , , True Grit ,
  • If I ever meet one of you Texas waddies that says he never drank from a horse track I think I will shake his hand and give him a Daniel Webster cigar.

    Etymology 2

    From (etyl) .


  • (Australia) A war club used by Aboriginal Australians; a nulla nulla.
  • * 1839 , William Mann, Six Years' Residence in the Australian Provinces , page 156,
  • After waiting for some time, and nothing being done, I began to think that the settlement tribes were afraid of the mountaineers, whose chosen warriors advanced in a line, striking their shields with their waddies', singing their war-cry, wa-ah ! wa-ah ! wa-ah ! aa-ho ! aa-ho ! aa-ho ! hi-hi-hi !—I should have told you that many of the Amity Paint tribe, which is more numerous than the other two settlement tribes, were deficient of spears and shields, having nothing but ' waddies and boomerangs.
  • * 1840 May—August, (editor), Van Diemen's Land'', ''The Colonial Magazine and Commercial-maritime Journal , Volume 2, page 76,
  • In the mean while women, children, and remote stock-keepers fell under the unerring spears or death-dealing waddies of an enemy, the first indication of whose appearance was consectaneous with the stroke that reft his victim of life.
  • * 2008 , Doreen Kartinyeri, Sue Anderson, Doreen Kartinyeri: My Ngarrindjeri Calling , page 20,
  • The kids would copy the men to make their own cricket stumps, but no-one was allowed to touch Grandfather's special wood for making waddies .