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
Simple Definition of distaff
: of, relating to, or being a woman
First Known Use of distaff
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