Definitions for quarterstaffˈkwɔr tərˌstæf, -ˌstɑf; -ˌsteɪvz
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a long stout staff used as a weapon
A wooden staff of an approximate length between 2 and 2.5 meters, sometimes tipped with iron, used as a weapon in rural England during the Early Modern period.
Fighting or exercise with the quarterstaff
Origin: quarter+staff, from ca. 1550.
a long and stout staff formerly used as a weapon of defense and offense; -- so called because in holding it one hand was placed in the middle, and the other between the middle and the end
A quarterstaff, also short staff or simply staff is a traditional European pole weapon and a technique of stick fighting, especially as in use in England during the Early Modern period. The term is generally accepted to refer to a shaft of hardwood from 6 to 9 feet long, sometimes with a metal tip, ferrule, or spike at one or both ends. The term "short staff" compares this to the "long staff" based on the pike with a length in excess of 11 to 12 feet.
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