Definition of tipstaff in English:

tipstaff

noun

  • A sheriff's officer; a bailiff.

    • ‘Let us assume, for example, that an associate has shares in a company that is a litigant and that the tipstaff's mother has invested in it.’
    • ‘Civil injunctions are enforced by the court staff and not by the police, but there is no means of calling out the tipstaff or bailiff at midnight on a Saturday night to deal with a drunken partner.’
    • ‘The whole judicial hierarchy, from the highest presidents in the parlements to the humble tipstaff in the obscurest rural jurisdiction, bought their positions.’
    • ‘So you couldn't just have a tipstaff or a sheriff or a jury officer say to the potential jurors, ‘Look, you guys surf the net, or not?’’
    • ‘The American cases have examined these sorts of issues and we have provided your Honours' tipstaffs with some material which we will come to shortly.’

Origin

Mid 16th century (first denoting a metal-tipped staff): contraction of tipped staff (carried by a bailiff).

Pronunciation

tipstaff

/ˈtɪpstɑːf/