maul·​stick ˈmȯl-stik How to pronounce maulstick (audio)
variants or less commonly mahlstick
: a stick used by painters as a rest for the hand while working

Word History


partial translation of Dutch maalstok, from obsolete Dutch malen to paint + Dutch stok stick, stock

First Known Use

circa 1658, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of maulstick was circa 1658

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Cite this Entry

“Maulstick.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jul. 2024.

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