EnglishEdit

EtymologyEdit

Borrowed from Afrikaans tronk, from Dutch tronk, from Portuguese tronco, from Latin truncus. Doublet of trunk.

NounEdit

tronk (plural tronks)

  1. (South Africa) A prison.
    • 1824, William John Burchell, Travels in the Interior of Southern Africa:
      It must here be explained that the tronk, or jail, is the general receptacle, not only of convicted criminals, but of such Hottentots or slaves as are found, improperly or illegally wandering about the country []
    • 1958, Isobel Rae, The strange story of Dr James Barry:
      The diary of another settler, who had been wrongfully imprisoned in the Tronk, and described the daily life there in no uncertain terms []
    • 1985, Lawrence George Green, Maureen Barnes, The best of Lawrence Green
      It was built, as far as I can discover, because the Cape Argus rightly denounced the overcrowding of the old "tronk" on the waterfront.

AfrikaansEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Dutch tronk (prison, dungeon, stocks), from Portuguese tronco (block, prison, dungeon), from Latin truncus (trunk).

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

tronk (plural tronke)

  1. prison

DescendantsEdit

  • English: tronk

DutchEdit

PronunciationEdit

Etymology 1Edit

From Middle Dutch tronc (trunk), from Old French tronc (trunk), from Latin truncus (trunk).

NounEdit

tronk m (plural tronken, diminutive tronkje n)

  1. (now dialectal) trunk, tree trunk
    Synonyms: boomstam, stam
  2. (now dialectal) tree stump
    Synonyms: boomstronk, stronk

Etymology 2Edit

Borrowed from Portuguese tronco (block, prison, trunk), from Latin truncus (trunk).

NounEdit

tronk m (plural tronken)

  1. (obsolete, Dutch East Indies, Cape Peninsula) prison, dungeon, stocks
DescendantsEdit