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 Thank You, @paulfeig for your incredible gift of this beautiful walking stick. Claudia Harmata, PEOPLE.com, "This Is Us Actor Timothy Omundson Walks First Red Carpet Since His Stroke: 'I Had to Relearn How'," 14 Nov. 2019 Left behind to guard the queen are Jip, a bespectacled dog able to sniff out poison (Tom Holland) and a walking stick, an exotic insect that looks like a twig. Chuck Yarborough, cleveland, "Robert Downey Jr. creates another likely franchise with delightful, funny ‘Dolittle’," 15 Jan. 2020 Playing Kane, a flamboyant crime boss who lives up to his name by using a walking stick, Flanery chews the scenery with gusto, as if auditioning for the next Quentin Tarantino movie. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Acceleration': Film Review," 7 Nov. 2019 Her father sat on the road in front of the police, walking stick in his lap. Juliana Hanle, Scientific American, "The Fight for the Reindeer," 18 Nov. 2019 There are hats and fans, china, walking sticks, furniture, historic campaign materials and other personal items. Washington Post, "Ohio presidents exhibit highlights little known ‘fun facts’," 29 Sep. 2019 There are hats and fans, china, walking sticks, furniture, historic campaign materials and other personal items. Julie Carr Smyth, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Ohio presidents exhibit highlights little known ‘fun facts’," 29 Sep. 2019 Volunteer historians used walking sticks to pull back the dominating greenery and reveal intricately tiled tombs. National Geographic, "Here are 7 cemeteries with views to die for," 24 Oct. 2019 Take a walking stick bug: each of its legs seems to have a mind of its own. Scientific American, "Nanomachines, Jellyfish Hugs and Hurricane Dorian From Space: The Week's Best Science GIFs," 30 Aug. 2019

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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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4 Feb 2020

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“Walking stick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walking%20stick. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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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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