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walking stick

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noun
  1. a stick held in the hand and used to help support oneself while walking.
  2. Also walk·ing·stick. Also called stick insect. any of several insects of the family Phasmidae, having a long, slender, twiglike body.

Origin of walking stick

First recorded in 1570–80
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Examples from the Web for walking stick

Historical Examples

  • (To Toinette) Give me my walking-stick; I'll come back directly.

    The Imaginary Invalid

    Molire

  • Marguerite paused, and made a series of holes in the sand with her walking-stick.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • "That is the Three Brothers," answered Dorothy, pointing with her walking-stick.

    Roden's Corner

    Henry Seton Merriman

  • He always carried his walking-stick whether he rode or walked.

  • He grasped his walking-stick, and tried the door of the room.


British Dictionary definitions for walking stick

walking stick

noun
  1. a stick or cane carried in the hand to assist walking
  2. the usual US name for stick insect
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