quarterstaff

noun
quar·​ter·​staff | \ ˈkwȯ(r)-tər-ˌstaf How to pronounce quarterstaff (audio) \
plural quarterstaves\ ˈkwȯ(r)-​tər-​ˌstavz How to pronounce quarterstaves (audio) , -​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, in the meaning defined above

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“Quarterstaff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quarterstaff. Accessed 29 Oct. 2020.

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