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quarterstaff

Line breaks: quar¦ter|staff
Pronunciation: /ˈkwɔːtəstɑːf
 
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Definition of quarterstaff in English:

noun

historical
A stout pole 6-8 feet long, formerly used as a weapon.
Example sentences
  • However, he could find many ways to make a sword or a quarterstaff a deadly weapon.
  • Apparently they want me to learn how to use a quarterstaff and a dagger.
  • In battle, it could be wielded as a quarterstaff against swordsmen, or as a pike against cavalry.

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