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distaff

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noun dis·taff \ˈdis-ˌtaf\

Definition of distaff

plural distaffs play \-ˌtafs, -ˌtavz\

  1. 1 a :  a staff for holding the flax, tow, or wool in spinning b :  woman's work or domain

  2. 2 :  the female branch or side of a family



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Origin of distaff

Middle English distaf, from Old English distæf, from dis- (akin to Middle Low German dise bunch of flax) + stæf staff


First Known Use: before 12th century

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distaff

adjective dis·taff

Simple Definition of distaff

  • : of, relating to, or being a woman

Full Definition of distaff

  1. 1 :  maternal 2 <the distaff side of the family> — compare spear

  2. 2 :  female 1 <distaff executives>

Circa 1633

First Known Use of distaff

circa 1633


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