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Definitions for quarterstaff
ˈkwɔr tərˌstæf, -ˌstɑf; -ˌsteɪvzquar·ter·staff

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. quarterstaffnoun

    a long stout staff used as a weapon


  1. quarterstaffnoun

    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. quarterstaffnoun

    Fighting or exercise with the quarterstaff

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

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. Quarterstaffnoun

    A staff of defence: so called, I believe, from the manner of using it; one hand being placed at the middle, and the other equally between the middle and the end.

    His quarterstaff, which he could ne’er forsake,
    Hung half before, and half behind his back. Dryden.

    Immense riches he squandered away at quarterstaff and cudgel play, in which he challenged all the country. Arbuth.


  1. quarterstaff

    A quarterstaff is a traditional European pole weapon, typically made of hardwood, which was around 6 to 9 feet long. It is so named because it is generally gripped at a quarter of the length from the end, allowing the other end to be used for thrusting and swinging. It was commonly used for combat and self-defense during the Middle Ages and Renaissance periods.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Quarterstaffnoun

    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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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of quarterstaff in Chaldean Numerology is: 9

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of quarterstaff in Pythagorean Numerology is: 8

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