noun, plural staffs for 1–5, 9; staves [steyvz] /steɪvz/ or staffs for 6–8, 10, 11.
- a body of officers without command authority, appointed to assist a commanding officer.
- the parts of any army concerned with administrative matters, planning, etc., rather than with actual participation in combat.
verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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Origin of staff1
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OTHER WORDS FROM staffstaff·less, adjectiveun·staffed, adjectivewell-staffed, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH staffstaff staph
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Example sentences from the Web for staffed
Near the main exit gate sits two military APCs, staffed by at least a dozen fully-armed soldiers.
Almost no one knows—or cares—that the young men who staffed that investigation worked honestly and hard.Shanin Specter on His 50 Years With the Single Bullet Theory|Shanin Specter|November 8, 2013|DAILY BEAST
And that desk is staffed by Foreign Service Officers who make a career of representing their clients.Pro-Israel Activist Josh Block Attacks U.S. Foreign Service As Working For Arab States|Ali Gharib|November 1, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Given the dire employment situation in the Detroit area, Moo Cluck Moo could easily have staffed up paying minimum wage.A Fast-Food Joint Thrives, Even by Paying $12 an Hour|Daniel Gross|August 2, 2013|DAILY BEAST
Oh, and throughout this whole period, a lane that was staffed and reserved for crew use processed only four flight attendants.This Be Madness! America’s Outrageously Long and Totally Unacceptable Customs Lines|Daniel Gross|June 21, 2013|DAILY BEAST
But they were staffed by Germans, and nobody denies that Germans can organize.A Prisoner in Turkey|John Still
They are staffed by a detachment of prisoners under a head cook.Turkish Prisoners in Egypt|Various
Laramie, staffed by soldiers and with the best freighters at its command, was still strictly utilitarian.The Lost Wagon|James Arthur Kjelgaard
Other imperial guards were staffed with young sons of the gentry who were stationed in the most delicate parts of the palaces.A history of China., [3d ed. rev. and enl.]|Wolfram Eberhard
Hence Wheel Five had been built and was staffed by research men who were rotated at regular eight-month intervals.The Stars, My Brothers|Edmond Hamilton
British Dictionary definitions for staffed (1 of 2)
noun plural for senses 1,3,4 staffs or plural for senses 5-9 staffs or staves (steɪvz)
- the system of horizontal lines grouped into sets of five (four in the case of plainsong) upon which music is written. The spaces between them are also used, being employed in conjunction with a clef in order to give a graphic indication of pitch
- any set of five lines in this system together with its clefthe treble staff