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
grammar notes for staff
OTHER WORDS FROM staffstaffless, adjectiveun·staffed, adjectivewell-staffed, adjective
WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH staffstaff , staph
Definition for staff (2 of 2)
Origin of staff2
Example sentences from the Web for staff
Our layoffs were in April and involved the part-time staff in visitor services.
Once these figures are plotted, we can see that, for high-school students and staff, the rates are similar to population case rates.
What should worry us is if we start to see infection rates among staff or students that are higher than in the surrounding community.
Members of the Cardinals’ medical staff worked on Murray’s shoulder while he was on the sideline throughout the game.Kyler Murray runs out of miracles as Seahawks hang on to take over first place in NFC West|Mark Maske|November 20, 2020|Washington Post
On Thursday, Superintendent Francisco Durán sent a message to families and staff apologizing for the incident.Virginia chemistry teacher asked students to insert ‘neon . . . neck’ to describe how George Floyd died|Hannah Natanson|November 19, 2020|Washington Post
As a result, training squadrons—called Formal Training Units (FTU)—are being staffed with less than half the people they need.Exclusive: U.S. Drone Fleet at ‘Breaking Point,’ Air Force Says|Dave Majumdar|January 5, 2015|DAILY BEAST
Sarbast Baiperi and local KDP offiials, in their own defense, say they were ill prepared, under-supplied and under-staffed.How the U.S.-favored Kurds Abandoned the Yazidis when ISIS Attacked|Christine van den Toorn|August 17, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And, in fact, the embassy has not been fully staffed since the Benghazi attack.U.S. Diplomats and Marines Close Embassy and Flee Libya Fighting|Jamie Dettmer|July 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
And near Boise, he adds, that means many fire towers are still staffed by human observers.Fighting Wildfire With Satellites, Lasers, and Drones|Elizabeth Lopatto|July 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
It seemed the party, which is mainly staffed by volunteers, was starting to crack under the pressure of the media glare.Is Britain’s Tea Party Turning Politics Upside Down?|Nico Hines|April 30, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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
Three days later, after passing up three farms that unfortunately were staffed with lady dogs, Sue approached a fourth.The Duck-footed Hound|James Arthur Kjelgaard
The magistrate, moreover, seemed to know the silver-staffed gentleman very well, and greeted him cordially.Memoirs of Joseph Grimaldi|Joseph Grimaldi
They ran a hospital in Calais staffed by themselves for nurses and with Belgian doctors and orderlies.The Sword of Deborah|F. Tennyson Jesse
The largest was made up of apartments for individual patients, and staffed by nurses and attendants.This Crowded Earth|Robert Bloch
British Dictionary definitions for staff (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