quarterstaff

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n quarterstaff a long stout staff used as a weapon
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Quarterstaff A long and stout staff formerly used as a weapon of defense and offense; -- so called because in holding it one hand was placed in the middle, and the other between the middle and the end.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n quarterstaff An old English weapon formed of a stout pole about 6½ feet long. It was grasped by one hand in the middle, and by the other between the middle and the end. In the attack the latter hand shifted from one quarter of the staff to the other, giving the weapon a rapid circular motion, which brought the ends on the adversary at unexpected points.
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Usage

In literature:

Then the head shivered on a steel corselet, and Sim played quarterstaff with the shaft.
"The Moon Endureth--Tales and Fancies" by John Buchan
All this time Robin Hood lay beneath the bush, rejoicing at such a comely bout of quarterstaff.
"The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood" by Howard Pyle
Why finger a distaff, when a quarterstaff comes more aptly to your hand?
"A Book of Scoundrels" by Charles Whibley
But I mind the day when I would 'a' raddled his bones with my quarterstaff.
"The Yeoman Adventurer" by George W. Gough
All this time Robin Hood lay beneath the bush, rejoicing at such a comely bout of quarterstaff.
"The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood" by Howard Pyle
And next, I saw my quarterstaff still resting against the tree where I had left it.
"A Thane of Wessex" by Charles W. Whistler
I was always readier with the sword or the quarterstaff.
"Tom Tufton's Travels" by Evelyn Everett-Green
The Quarterstaffs are most of them prize-fighters or deer-stealers.
"The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899" by George A. Aitken
The English are but bunglers with a gentleman's blade, and should restrict themselves to pike and quarterstaff.
"Dorothy Vernon of Haddon Hall" by Charles Major
I can wield a quarterstaff as well as a prize-fighter, and have beaten Figg himself at the broadsword.
"Jack Sheppard" by William Harrison Ainsworth
The quarterstaff prize was awarded to Long Hackett, one of John Forster's retainers.
"Both Sides the Border" by G. A. Henty
The knowledge of singlestick and quarterstaff still lingered, in the country parts of England.
"Under Drake's Flag" by G. A. Henty
Finding that, in spite of his efforts, he could not keep back his assailants, Roger threw down the quarterstaff and seized his ax.
"By Right of Conquest" by G. A. Henty
He wore a conical hat, and carried for quarterstaff an iron bar of 500 lbs.
"Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama" by E. Cobham Brewer
Nothing is said about boxing and quarterstaff.
"The History of London" by Walter Besant
Know anything about the use of the quarterstaff?
"Border, Breed Nor Birth" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Aren't quarterstaffs what, well, Robin Hood and his Merry Men used to fight with?
"Black Man's Burden" by Dallas McCord Reynolds
Quarterstaff and tennis were my sports, with mumming and chess at home.
"The Plowshare and the Sword" by Ernest George Henham
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