Definitions

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bar attached to the tiller for convenience in steering.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bar attached to the tiller, for convenience in steering.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A whiphandle.
  • n. Nautical, a bar by which the rudder is turned: an old name for the tiller in small vessels.

Etymologies

whip +‎ staff (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • The captain explained how this new invention, the whipstaff, made steering much easier.

    Escape From Roksamur

  • Wind and rain stung against him as he found his footing on the poop deck, the raised platform at the rear of the ship where two more crewmen had joined the steersmen in wrestling the whipstaff.

    Escape From Roksamur

  • Before the whipstaff, the steersman was below decks, guiding the tiller without being able to see the sails, responding to shouted commands from above.

    Escape From Roksamur

  • With the self-reliance gained while fishing aboard Dacsen, the boy began to strip the rope from the whipstaff.

    Stormwarden

  • Blood leaned over the rail to speak to the fair young man immediately below him by the helmsman at the whipstaff.

    Captain Blood

  • Had not Pitt, her master, himself seized the whipstaff and put the helm hard over to swing her sharply off to starboard, she must have suffered still worse from the second volley that followed fast upon the first.

    Captain Blood

  • We hauled off upon the lanyard of the whipstaff, and helped the man at helm.

    Gulliver's Travels

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