noun, plural tip·staves [tip-steyvz] /ˈtɪpˌsteɪvz/, tip·staffs.
Origin of tipstaff
Examples from the Web for tipstaff
Cavalcanti took a step forward, his face purple with anger that this tipstaff ruffian should take such a tone with him.The Strolling Saint|Raphael Sabatini
But the tipstaff was wroth, and picking up a large law book smashed it flat.Jack Harkaway's Boy Tinker Among The Turks|Bracebridge Hemyng
It was through this gateway that the tipstaff preceded Mr. Pickwick, as you may read in chapter xii.In Jail with Charles Dickens|Alfred Trumble
Finding they could not rouse her, the boys ran off to Mr. Tipstaff, the constable, and told him about her.Jessie Carlton|Francis Forrester
Again, in his effort to follow, Mr. Thorndike was halted, but the first tipstaff came to his rescue.Once Upon A Time|Richard Harding Davis
Word Origin for tipstaff
1540s, "tipped staff" (truncheon with a tip or cap of metal) carried as an emblem of office, from tip (n.) + staff (n.). As the name of an official who carries one (especially a sheriff's officer, bailiff, constable, court crier, etc.) it is recorded from 1560s.