pikestaff

[ pahyk-staf, -stahf ]
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noun,plural pike·staves [pahyk-steyvz]. /ˈpaɪkˌsteɪvz/.
  1. the shaft of an infantry pike.

  2. a foot traveler's staff with a metal point or spike at the lower end.

Origin of pikestaff

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First recorded in 1325–75, pikestaff is from the Middle English word pykstaf.See pike5, staff1

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How to use pikestaff in a sentence

  • And all the branches strut right up to the sky and the whole tree shoots up, straight and proud as a pikestaff.

  • "It's plain as a pikestaff, if you'll excuse me," Mr. Rogers answered her.

    Poison Island | Arthur Thomas Quiller-Couch (Q)
  • The plain pikestaff is your style, morally speaking—if any one knows what a pikestaff is.

  • They started for this purpose in company, Tom armed with his two-handed sword, and the tinker with his long pikestaff.

    Popular Rhymes and Nursery Tales | David Goodger (goodger@python.org)
  • Among the howling and racing men were two who carried each a human head on a pikestaff.

    The Hero of the People | Alexandre Dumas

British Dictionary definitions for pikestaff

pikestaff

/ (ˈpaɪkˌstɑːf) /


noun
  1. the wooden handle of a pike

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