[ mawl-stik ]
/ ˈmɔlˌstɪk /

noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for maulstick

  • "Let me look," she said, leaning back towards Denoisel and holding her maulstick and palette out in front of her.

    Rene Mauperin|Edmond de Goncourt and Jules de Goncourt
  • This zebu was kept fastened to a tree, and Rossetti loved to exhibit it and point out its beauties with his maulstick.

  • Maurice let the maulstick drop against his shoulder and sunk his head on his hands.

    The Vehement Flame|Margaret Wade Campbell Deland

British Dictionary definitions for maulstick



/ (ˈmɔːlˌstɪk) /


a long stick used by artists to steady the hand holding the brush

Word Origin for maulstick

C17: partial translation of Dutch maalstok, from obsolete malen to paint + stok stick 1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for maulstick



"light stick used by painters to support the painting hand," 1650s, from Dutch maalstok, literally "painting stick," from mallen "to paint," from Proto-Germanic *mal- (cf. Old Norse mæla, Old High German malon "trace, draw, paint," German malen "to paint"), from mal "spot, mark, stain," perhaps from the same root as Greek melas "black" (see melanin), but the original sense is not color but marking. With stock "stick" (see stock (n.1)).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper