Share this entry

Share this page

walking stick

Syllabification: walk·ing stick

Definition of walking stick in English:

noun

1A stick, typically with a curved handle, used for support when walking.
Example sentences
  • Jordan, who walked into Leeds Crown Court with the aid of a walking stick, supplied medical evidence from three cardiac consultants saying he was unfit to stand trial.
  • Keith Pickering's walking sticks are fabulous, individual-crafted works of art.
  • Clearly supported on a walking stick, I motioned to the driver to circle over and pick me up.
2 (also walkingstick) North American A long, slender, slow-moving insect that resembles a twig. In many species, it appears that there are no males and that the females lay fertile eggs without mating.
  • Family Phasmatidae, order Phasmida: many genera
Example sentences
  • Besides researching thrips, he studies speciation and asexuality in walking sticks and the phylogenetics of Galapagos Islands snails.
  • Remarkably, nepetalactone next turned up in an insect, the walking stick.
  • Lizards and birds zestily eat walking sticks of either pattern, so camouflage offers a big advantage.

Definition of walking stick in:

Share this entry

Share this page

 

What do you find interesting about this word or phrase?

Comments that don't adhere to our Community Guidelines may be moderated or removed.

Get more from Oxford Dictionaries

Subscribe to remove ads and access premium resources

Word of the day resilient
Pronunciation: rəˈzilyənt
adjective
able to recoil or spring back into shape…