care, carrieShow more Also care, carrie, cary, karie, karrie, keeri, keerie, keree, keri, kerie, kerre, kerri, kerrie, kerry, kieri, kierrie, kiri, kirie, kirri, kirrie, kurie, kurrie.
Khoikhoi, NamaShow more Adaptation of Khoikhoi karrie, keeri, keerie, kirri, kurie (cf. Nama /káru-p, /káru-s) (walking) stick.
The Afrikaans-influenced kierie has displaced kerrie as the most common orthography; however kerrie is still seen in knobkerrie.
A traditional weapon of the indigenous peoples of South Africa: a short, thick stick with a knobbed head, used as a club or missile (but also as a walking stick); fighting stick sense 2; induku; knobkerrie; knob-stick; knopkierie; knopstick. Also attributive, and combination.kierie-playnoun, kierie-totingparticipial adjective (objective), kierie-stick (obsolete).
1731G. Medleytr. ofP. Kolben’s Present State of Cape of G.H.I. 188In their Right Hands, when they go abroad, they generally carry Two Sticks of Iron- or Olive-Wood. One they call Kirri...The Kirri is about Three Foot long; and about an Inch thick.
1731G. Medleytr. ofP. Kolben’s Present State of Cape of G.H.I. 292The Hottentots use their Kirri- and Rackum-Sticks..as martial Weapons...The Kirri-Sticks are for Warding off the Arrows..and Whatever is thrown by the Enemy.
1786G. Forstertr. ofA. Sparrman’s Voy. to Cape of G.H.II. 9They were all of them armed with one or more of the javelins, which they call hassagais, as well as with short sticks, to which they gave the name of kirris.
1812A. Plumptretr. ofH. Lichtenstein’s Trav. in Sn Afr. (1928) I. 218A short stick of Hassagai wood, so cut, that a knob is made at the end by a part of the thick root of this stem. With the latter weapon, which the Hottentots call a Kirri, they turn aside the Hassagai by a strong side blow. They use the Kirri equally as a weapon of defence, in the way of a bludgeon, when they come to close fighting.
a1823J. EwartJrnl (1970) 50Their arms consist of a long spear called a hassagai which they throw in the manner of a javelin..and a small club called a keerie which they use when closely engaged.
1833Graham’s Town Jrnl 4 Apr. 3A Caffer..struck him several blows with a kierie.
1835J.W.D. MoodieTen Yrs in S. Afr.II. 269They also show great dexerity in throwing the ‘kurie,’ which is a stick with a large knob on the end of it.
1836R. GodlontonNarr. of Irruption 48The others said ‘Stop, we will beat him to death with our kierries.’
1841B. ShawMemorials 300They had but one musket, which Keudo took himself, his companions being armed with their assagais and keeries.
1857N.J. MerrimanCape Jrnls (1957) 90After a little talk, on his admiring my kerie, a walking stick, I proposed an exchange with him.
1953D. JacobsonLong Way from London 168He stooped low to pick up his cane, a slender kierie of dark African wood.
1959Cape Times 10 Nov. 1Two other Europeans had been discharged after being treated for kierie wounds.
1963L.F. FreedCrime in S. Afr. 76Police squads have often to carry our day-and-night raids to stop the illicit liquor traffic, and also to suppress the stabbing and kerrie fights which invariably ensue.
1976M. Tholo inC. HermerDiary of Maria Tholo (1980) 59They said, ‘It was your children who made us stay away from work and lose our pay and now you go to work...’ And their kieries got busy.
A traditional weapon of the indigenous peoples of South Africa: a short, thick stick with a knobbed head, used as a club or missile (but also as a walking stick); fighting stick2; induku; knobkerrie; knob-stick; knopkierie; knopstick. Also attributive, and combination.kierie-playnoun, kierie-totingparticipial adjective (objective), kierie-stick (obsolete).
Hence (nonce) kierietransitiveverb, to beat (someone) with a kierie.
1897J.P. FitzpatrickOutspan 97You had a lucky escape. Umketch would have had you kerried.
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