walking stick


Definition of walking stick

1 : a straight rod or stick (as of wood or aluminum) that is used to provide stability in walking or hiking
2 : stick insect especially : one (Diapheromera femorata) of the U.S. and Canada

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Examples of walking stick in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web House impeachment manager Stacey Plaskett, a Democratic delegate from the Virgin Islands noted that the man photographed at Pelosi’s desk was carrying a 950,000-volt stun gun walking stick. Erin Corbett, refinery29.com, "The Never-Before-Seen Violent Footage From The Capitol Is Horrifying. So Why Are Republicans Ignoring It?," 11 Feb. 2021 Need a walking stick, homemade fudge, or local honey? Steve Straessle, Arkansas Online, "OPINION | STEVE STRAESSLE: Southern Cross," 12 Dec. 2020 Paya was then arrested by the FBI and the Hualapai Nation Police Department on Nov. 5. Paya, 24, is suspected of beating a 45-year-old woman with a walking stick and attempting to steal the women’s debit card, according to court documents. Salma Reyes, The Arizona Republic, "Woman arrested on suspicion of beating woman with walking stick on Hualapai Reservation," 26 Nov. 2020 An 81-year-old former Marine from suburban Chicago used his grandfather's antique Irish walking stick to chase off three burglars and deliver one a thump in the head for his trouble. Fox News, "Illinois man, 81, uses antique walking stick to beat thieves," 21 Nov. 2020 The next day, Subitra, Tejendra’s mother, in her 70s, insisted on leading us back to the main trail, donning bright-blue wellies and a walking stick. Los Angeles Times, "Behind the story: From Nepal to Saudi Arabia, reporting how a dead man came back to life," 28 Oct. 2020 Like his English contemporary Max Beerbohm, the French Max was also a dandy, one who sported a monocle, favored pink shirts and carried a walking stick. Washington Post, "Who was Max Jacob? A poet, friend of Picasso and, a new biography shows, a man who defied easy labels," 21 Oct. 2020 From some angles, the bridge looks almost like a giant walking stick insect stepping over a rush of water. Meena Thiruvengadam, Travel + Leisure, "This New Bridge Lets You Walk Over One of Norway's Most Stunning Waterfalls," 21 Aug. 2020 Jeremy Bentham appears as if frozen in time, his wax head, walking stick and period clothing lending the display an air of authenticity. Theresa Machemer, Smithsonian Magazine, "English Philosopher’s Dressed-Up Skeleton Goes on View in New Glass Display," 5 Mar. 2020

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First Known Use of walking stick

1580, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of walking stick was in 1580

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28 Feb 2021

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“Walking stick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walking%20stick. Accessed 3 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of walking stick

: a stick that is used to help someone to walk

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Kids Definition of walking stick

1 : a stick used to maintain balance when walking

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