quar·​ter·​staff ˈkwȯ(r)-tər-ˌstaf How to pronounce quarterstaff (audio)
plural quarterstaves ˈkwȯ(r)-tər-ˌstavz How to pronounce quarterstaff (audio)
: 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

Word History

First Known Use

circa 1550, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of quarterstaff was circa 1550

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“Quarterstaff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/quarterstaff. Accessed 30 Jan. 2023.

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quar·​ter·​staff ˈkwȯ(r)t-ər-ˌstaf How to pronounce quarterstaff (audio)
plural quarterstaves -ˌstavz How to pronounce quarterstaff (audio)
: a long strong staff used long ago as a weapon

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