1staff noun \ˈstaf\
: a group of people who work for an organization or business
: a group of military officers who help a commanding officer but who do not take part in active fighting
: a long stick that you carry in your hand for support while walking
plural staffs \ˈstafs, ˈstavz\ or staves \ˈstavz, ˈstāvz\
a : a long stick carried in the hand for support in walking
b : a supporting rod: as (1) archaic : shaft 1a(1) (2) : a crosspiece in a ladder or chair : rung (3) : flagstaff (4) : a pivoted arbor
c : club, cudgel
a : crosier
b : a rod carried as a symbol of office or authority
: the horizontal lines with their spaces on which music is written —called also stave
: any of various graduated sticks or rules used for measuring : rod
a : the officers chiefly responsible for the internal operations of an institution or business
b : a group of officers appointed to assist a civil executive or commanding officer
c : military or naval officers not eligible for operational command
d : the personnel who assist a director in carrying out an assigned task
e plural staff : a member of a staff <employs three full-time staff>
— staff adjective
Examples of STAFF
- The entire staff has done a great job this year.
- The staff is at a meeting.
- She's a new member of the staff.
- The general's staff is planning the army's next move.
Origin of STAFF
Middle English staf,
from Old English stæf;
akin to Old High German stab
staff, Sanskrit stabhnāti
First Known Use: before 12th century
Rhymes with STAFF
2staff transitive verb
: to supply (an organization or business) with workers
: to work for (an organization or business) as a member of a staff
: to supply with a staff or with workers
: to serve as a staff member of <an organization staffed by volunteers>
Examples of STAFF
- We'll need 300 workers to properly staff the hotel.
- the 300 workers who staff the hotel
First Known Use of STAFF
staff noun \ˈstaf\ (Medical Dictionary)
: the doctors and surgeons regularly attached to a hospital and helping to determine its policies and guide its activities
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