walking stick

noun

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 Throughout history, walking sticks, staves and canes were also used as tools for self-defense, storytelling and as status symbols. Tiney Ricciardi, The Denver Post, 8 Apr. 2024 The old woman, a walking stick in her right hand, picks up her pace for a few steps, then slows again. Andy Carey, CNN, 27 Mar. 2024 Sometimes, a walking stick isn't convincing, so passengers who want to board early order a wheelchair. Christopher Elliott, USA TODAY, 20 Feb. 2024 Tori and Danny are both lagging, and Kaycee is using two walking sticks and literally leaning on Troy for support. Sydney Bucksbaum, EW.com, 17 May 2023 Officials advise bringing whistles, air horns, and walking sticks as a precaution. Nicole Lopez, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 15 Feb. 2024 The New York Public Library’s grand research library at Fifth Avenue and 42nd Street is home to Virginia Woolf’s walking stick, Charles Dickens’s desk chair and the original Winnie-the-Pooh. Jennifer Schuessler, New York Times, 24 Jan. 2024 Food, water, beverages, snacks, sunscreen, sunglasses, hats, bandannas, walking sticks. Marla Jo Fisher, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 30 Jan. 2024 Though the creatures look like walking sticks, they’re more closely related to grasshoppers. Carlyn Kranking, Smithsonian Magazine, 25 Jan. 2024

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Word History

First Known Use

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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“Walking stick.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/walking%20stick. Accessed 15 Apr. 2024.

Kids Definition

walking stick

noun
1
: a stick used in walking
2

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