quarterstaff

noun quar·ter·staff \ ˈkwȯ(r)-tər-ˌstaf \

Definition of quarterstaff

plural quarterstaves play \ˈkwȯ(r)-tər-ˌstavz, -ˌstāvz\
: 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

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circa 1550

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