Definitions
pandybat Tweet Definition of pandybat Like Definition of pandybat on Facebook
noun 
  1. A stout leather strap reinforced internally with whalebone or even lead and used to inflict punishment - especially by using it to strike against the open uplifted hands on schoolboys.
The soutane sleeve swished again as the was lifted and a loud crashing sound and a fierce maddening...pain made his hand shrink together... - w:Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man by w:James Joyce, James Joyce, 1916
Etymology: Seems to have been used in Ireland in the early 20th century. Since James Joyce cites it in the context of a Catholic school in his novel, A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man, it's probably intended as a pun on the Latin word pendebat.


Supplemental Details:Sponsor an extended definition for pandybat for as little as $10 per month. Click here to contact us.

     
  

 Find:
  Words Starting With:
  Words Ending With:
  Words Containing:
  Words That Match:

 
 Translate Into:
  
Dutch   French   German
  
Italian   Spanish
    Show results per page.

Browse the Dictionary
A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

   
Dictionary content provided from Wiktionary.org under the GNU Free Documentation License
Allwords Copyright 1998-2021 All rights reserved.