Definition of quarterstaff in US English:



  • A stout pole 6–8 feet (2–2.5 m) long, tipped with iron, formerly used as a weapon.

    • ‘Apparently they want me to learn how to use a quarterstaff and a dagger.’
    • ‘Usually they practiced with wooden swords, but they also practiced with quarterstaffs.’
    • ‘In battle, it could be wielded as a quarterstaff against swordsmen, or as a pike against cavalry.’
    • ‘However, he could find many ways to make a sword or a quarterstaff a deadly weapon.’
    • ‘There was some sort of test to undertake to cross the river, sort of like when Robin Hood & Little John fight with quarterstaffs in Prince of Thieves’