noun \ˈkw(r)-tər-ˌstaf\
plural quar·ter·staves\-ˌstavz, -ˌstāvz\

Definition of QUARTERSTAFF

:  a long stout staff formerly used as a weapon and wielded with one hand in the middle and the other between the middle and the end

First Known Use of QUARTERSTAFF

circa 1550


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