Meaning of quarterstaff

quar•ter•staff

Pronunciation: (kwôr'tur-staf", -stäf"), [key]
— pl. -staves -staffs.
  1. a former English weapon consisting of a stout pole 6 to 8 ft. (1.8 to 2.4 m) long, tipped with iron.
  2. exercise or fighting with this weapon.
Random House Unabridged Dictionary, Copyright © 1997, by Random House, Inc., on Infoplease.
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