tipstaff

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n tipstaff staff with a metal tip carried as a sign of office by e.g. a bailiff or constable
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Tipstaff A staff tipped with metal.
    • Tipstaff An officer who bears a staff tipped with metal; a constable.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n tipstaff A staff tipped or capped with metal; a staff having a crown or cap, formerly the badge of a constable or sheriff's officer.
    • n tipstaff An officer bearing a tipstaff; especially, in England, a sheriff's officer charged with the execution of laws against debtors.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Tipstaff tip′staf a staff tipped with metal, or an officer who carries it: a constable.
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Usage

In literature:

The d'Herouvilles are descended from a tipstaff in the time of Robert of Normandy.
"Modeste Mignon" by Honore de Balzac
At a door a tipstaff laid his hand roughly on the arm of Mr. Thorndike.
"A Wasted Day" by Richard Harding Davis
TIPSTAFF, staff tipped with metal.
"Volpone; Or, The Fox" by Ben Jonson
TIPSTAFF, staff tipped with metal.
"The Alchemist" by Ben Jonson
TIPSTAFF, staff tipped with metal.
"The Poetaster" by Ben Jonson
TIPSTAFF, staff tipped with metal.
"Sejanus: His Fall" by Ben Jonson
TIPSTAFF, staff tipped with metal.
"Every Man In His Humor" by Ben Jonson
He had reached his lodgings, half-turned at the door, and saw behind him the Court tipstaff, who had been sent after him.
"An Outback Marriage" by Andrew Barton Paterson
He turned to the tipstaff.
"Green Tea; Mr. Justice Harbottle" by Joseph Sheridan LeFanu
My direction to the tipstaff, who got admittance into the house, was to conduct him to a judge, according to the writ.
"The Interesting Narrative of the Life of Olaudah Equiano, Or Gustavus Vassa, The African" by Olaudah Equiano
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