staves

[ steyvz ]
/ steɪvz /

noun

a plural of staff1.
plural of stave.

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Definition for staves (2 of 4)

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

usage note for staff

OTHER WORDS FROM staff

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

WORDS THAT MAY BE CONFUSED WITH staff

staff staph

Definition for staves (3 of 4)

Origin of stave

1125–75; (noun) Middle English, back formation from staves; (v.) derivative of the noun

SYNONYMS FOR stave

4 See verse.

OTHER WORDS FROM stave

un·staved, adjective

Definition for staves (4 of 4)

staff2
[ 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
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British Dictionary definitions for staves (1 of 4)

staves
/ (steɪvz) /

noun

a plural of staff 1, stave

British Dictionary definitions for staves (2 of 4)

staff1
/ (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 staves (3 of 4)

staff2
/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for staves (4 of 4)

stave
/ (steɪv) /

noun

verb staves, staving, staved or stove

Word Origin for stave

C14: back formation from staves, plural of staff 1
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Medical definitions for staves

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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