Definitions for quarterstaffˈkwɔr tərˌstæf, -ˌstɑf; -ˌsteɪvz
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quar•ter•staffˈkwɔr tərˌstæf, -ˌstɑf; -ˌsteɪvz(n.)(pl.)-staves; -staffs.
a stout pole 6 to 8 ft. (1.8 to 2.4 m) long, tipped with iron: formerly used as a weapon.
exercise or fighting with such poles.
Origin of quarterstaff:
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
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