Definitions for quarterstaffˈkwɔr tərˌstæf, -ˌstɑf; -ˌsteɪvz

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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

quar•ter•staffˈkwɔr tərˌstæf, -ˌstɑf; -ˌsteɪvz(n.)(pl.)-staves; -staffs.

  1. a stout pole 6 to 8 ft. (1.8 to 2.4 m) long, tipped with iron: formerly used as a weapon.

  2. exercise or fighting with such poles.

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. quarterstaff(noun)

    a long stout staff used as a weapon


  1. quarterstaff(Noun)

    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.

  2. quarterstaff(Noun)

    Fighting or exercise with the quarterstaff

  3. Origin: quarter+staff, from ca. 1550.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quarterstaff(noun)

    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


  1. Quarterstaff

    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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