Definition of pikestaff in English:


Line breaks: pike|staff
Pronunciation: /ˈpʌɪkstɑːf


The wooden shaft of a pike.
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  • The judge will refrain from any references to his quill, or his gavel, or his pikestaff, and allow the defendant to be released to spread its insidious gospel.
  • Stick your head through and hey presto, it looks to have been impaled on a pikestaff above York's royal gateway.
  • Skewered on a pikestaff high above the city, the silenced heads spoke eloquently of the fate awaiting those who dared plot against rulers of city and country.


late 16th century: from pike2 + staff1.


(as) plain as a pikestaff

1Very obvious.
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  • But after the battering that it has taken this week, it is as plain as a pikestaff that most observers will be lining up with the Department of Finance on this one.
  • The Attorney General filed an immediate petition to rehear saying "it is as plain as a pikestaff that a judge has no authority to impose a sentence above the presumptive minimum unless an enhancement factor is found."
  • "It is plain as a pikestaff, is it not, say the Crown that this attack on Mr Turner was committed by men who had looked for and found weapons and had chosen a fence as a suitable source for those weapons.
2Ordinary or unattractive in appearance.
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  • "Queer child, that Hatty!—plain as a pikestaff", and Mr. Lee took up his newspaper, and put his feet on the mantel.
  • Good god, man, she's plain as a pikestaff with a wardrobe fresh out of the Salvation Army.
[alteration of as plain as a packstaff, the staff being that of a pedlar, on which he rested his pack of wares]

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