noun, plural quar·ter·staves [kwawr-ter-steyvz] /ˈkwɔr tərˌsteɪvz/, quar·ter·staffs.
- quartermaster corps,
- quartermaster general,
Origin of quarterstaff
Examples from the Web for quarterstaff
Thou art a deft hand at quarterstaff and singlestick, though, and I doubt not that thy hands can guard thy head.The Cornet of Horse|G. A. Henty
And next, I saw my quarterstaff still resting against the tree where I had left it.A Thane of Wessex|Charles W. Whistler
Sometimes there were wrestling matches, and combat with sword and quarterstaff.Cheshire|Charles E. Kelsey
Homer Crawford neatly rapped him on the right shin bone with his quarterstaff to the other's intense agony.Black Man's Burden|Dallas McCord Reynolds
I wot this was no playful bout at quarterstaff, but a grim and serious fight of real earnest.The Merry Adventures of Robin Hood|Howard Pyle
noun plural -staves (-ˌsteɪvz, -ˌstɑːvz)
Word Origin for quarterstaff
also quarter-staff, 1540s (quarter-stroke "stroke with a quarterstaff" is attested from early 15c.), stout pole, six to eight feet long (six-and-a-half sometimes is given as the standard length), tipped with iron, formerly a weapon used by the English peasantry. From staff (n.). The quarter likely is in reference to its operation.
It was grasped by one hand in the middle, and by the other between the middle and the end. In the attack the latter hand shifted from one quarter of the staff to the other, giving the weapon a rapid circular motion, which brought the ends on the adversary at unexpected points. [Century Dictionary]