[sing-guh l-stik]


a short, heavy stick.
  1. a wooden stick held in one hand, used instead of a sword in fencing.
  2. fencing with such a stick.

Origin of singlestick

First recorded in 1765–75; single + stick1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for singlestick

Historical Examples of singlestick

  • I am fairly good at fence, and excellent as any at singlestick.

    The Black Douglas

    S. R. Crockett

  • The knowledge of singlestick and quarterstaff still lingered, in the country parts of England.

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


    Richard Edgcumbe

  • Thou art a deft hand at quarterstaff and singlestick, though, and I doubt not that thy hands can guard thy head.

  • 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



a wooden stick used instead of a sword for fencing
fencing with such a stick
any short heavy stick
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