Origin of staff

1
before 900; Middle English staf (noun), Old English stæf; cognate with Dutch staf, German Stab, Old Norse stafr staff, Sanskrit stabh- support

Related forms

staff·less, adjectiveun·staffed, adjectivewell-staffed, adjective

Can be confused

staff staph

Usage note

Definition for staffs (2 of 3)

staff

2
[ staf, stahf ]
/ stæf, stɑf /

noun

a composition of plaster and fibrous material used for a temporary finish and in ornamental work, as on exposition buildings.

Origin of staff

2
1890–95, Americanism; perhaps < German Stoff stuff

Definition for staffs (3 of 3)

Staffordshire

[ staf-erd-sheer, -sher ]
/ ˈstæf ərdˌʃɪər, -ʃər /

noun

a county in central England. 1154 sq. mi. (2715 sq. km). County seat: Stafford.
Also called Stafford, Staffs [stafs] /stæfs/.
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British Dictionary definitions for staffs (1 of 4)

Staffs

/ (stæfs) /

abbreviation for

Staffordshire

British Dictionary definitions for staffs (2 of 4)

Staffordshire

/ (ˈstæfədˌʃɪə, -ʃə) /

noun

a county of central England: lowlands in the east and south rise to the Pennine uplands in the north; important in the history of industry, coal and iron having been worked at least as early as the 13th century. In 1974 the industrial area in the S passed to the new county of West Midlands; Stoke-on-Trent became an independent unitary authority in 1997. Administrative centre: Stafford. Pop (excluding Stoke-on-Trent): 811 000 (2003 est). Area (excluding Stoke-on-Trent): 2624 sq km (1013 sq miles)

British Dictionary definitions for staffs (3 of 4)

staff

1
/ (stɑːf) /

noun plural for senses 1,3,4 staffs or plural for senses 5-9 staffs or staves (steɪvz)

verb

(tr) to provide with a staff

Word Origin for staff

Old English stæf; related to Old Frisian stef, Old Saxon staf, German Stab, Old Norse stafr, Gothic Stafs; see stave

British Dictionary definitions for staffs (4 of 4)

staff

2
/ (stɑːf) /

noun

US a mixture of plaster and hair used to cover the external surface of temporary structures and for decoration

Word Origin for staff

C19: of unknown origin
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Medicine definitions for staffs

staff

[ stăf ]

n.

A specific group of workers.
director

v.

To provide with a staff of workers or assistants.
To serve on the staff of.
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