[pahyk-staf, -stahf]

noun, plural pike·staves [pahyk-steyvz] /ˈpaɪkˌsteɪvz/.

the shaft of an infantry pike.
a foot traveler's staff with a metal point or spike at the lower end.

Origin of pikestaff

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

pole, rod, cane, wand, club, stave, prop, pikestaff, staff

Examples from the Web for pikestaff

Historical Examples of pikestaff

  • The one at which the Tamburini presided was plain as a pikestaff.

    The Paliser case

    Edgar Saltus

  • There is only one road, and that is as clear as a pikestaff.

    On the Heels of De Wet

    The Intelligence Officer

  • To Brereton the whole affair was now as plain as a pikestaff.

    The Borough Treasurer

    Joseph Smith Fletcher

  • All this jumped with reason well, and was plainer than a pikestaff.


    R. D. Blackmore

  • He sent him to Sheffield after you; that is plainer than a pikestaff.


    R. D. Blackmore

British Dictionary definitions for pikestaff



the wooden handle of a pike
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