[ sing-guhl-stik ]

  1. a short, heavy stick.

  2. (formerly)

    • a wooden stick held in one hand, used instead of a sword in fencing.

    • fencing with such a stick.

Origin of singlestick

First recorded in 1765–75; single + stick1

Words Nearby singlestick Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2023

How to use singlestick in a sentence

  • When this was finished he very often played a bout of singlestick, or underwent some other severe muscular exertion.

    Byron | Richard Edgcumbe
  • I am fairly good at fence, and excellent as any at singlestick.

    The Black Douglas | S. R. Crockett
  • It was, to use the term of the old-fashioned singlestick players, “first blood,” and the sight thereof had a disastrous effect.

    Dead Man's Land | George Manville Fenn
  • 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
  • George Fairburn had ever been an adept at all school games, and had spent many a leisure hour at singlestick.

    With Marlborough to Malplaquet | Herbert Strang and Richard Stead

British Dictionary definitions for singlestick


/ (ˈsɪŋɡəlˌstɪk) /

  1. a wooden stick used instead of a sword for fencing

  2. fencing with such a stick

  1. any short heavy stick

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