One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A stout pole 6–8 feet (2–2.5 m) long, tipped with iron, formerly used as a weapon.
- ‘In battle, it could be wielded as a quarterstaff against swordsmen, or as a pike against cavalry.’
- ‘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.’
- ‘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’
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