Nearby words

  1. stadiometer,
  2. stadium,
  3. stadium jacket,
  4. stadle,
  5. stadtholder,
  6. staff association,
  7. staff captain,
  8. staff cell,
  9. staff college,
  10. staff corporal

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

Can be confusedstaff staph

Usage note


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

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

Staffs

/ (stæfs) /

abbreviation for

Staffordshire

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)

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

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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Word Origin and History for staffs
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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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