Help support Wordnik by adopting your favorite word!

Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. The shaft of a pike.
  • n. A walking stick tipped with a metal spike.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. The wooden shaft of a pike
  • n. A staff with a spike in the lower end, to guard against slipping.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. The staff, or shaft, of a pike.
  • n. A staff with a spike in the lower end, to guard against slipping.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A staff with an iron head more or less pointed and capable of serving as a weapon, formerly used by travelers, pilgrims, and wandering beggars. Also piked staff.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the staff of a pike

Etymologies

Sorry, no etymologies found.

Examples

  • (for I make little doubt I am descended from Brian Boroo too) when will you acknowledge that two and two make four, and call a pikestaff a pikestaff? — that is the very best use you can make of the latter.

    The Book of Snobs

  • Brian Boroo too) when will you acknowledge that two and two make four, and call a pikestaff a pikestaff?

    The Book of Snobs

  • Another one is of a man with a pikestaff and a big plumed hat; probably painted around 1500–1520 and fairly certainly not religious.

    Life in a medieval home

  • It is already plain as a pikestaff that Cameron and Hague lack the stomach, the personal courage, moral fibre, honour and integrity to do anything about the EU Constitution if it has come into force by the time they get their hands on the driblets of power still left to a government in the United Kingdom.

    To Nobody's Surprise

  • Most people with any sense of propriety whatsoever would think that his acceptance of this immodest pourboire for services rendered would immediately preclude him from holding the office of President of the EU Council on the basis that the conflict of interest would be plain as a pikestaff to all and sundry.

    Archive 2008-01-06

  • Not long afterwards it became plain as a pikestaff that the relevant government departments were still pushing ahead at full speed with plans to introduce a wider range of road-pricing schemes.

    Is the Worm Turning?

  • It is plain as a pikestaff that if exposed to the incredulous view of the Taxpayer, who, by now, has a pretty clear view of some of the potential abuses, the floor of the House of Commons cellars would soon be awash with the blood of MPs caught with their grubby hands in the till.

    'Shred & Bury': The New Westminster Watchword

  • That, of course, was so much hooey, a fact that is now becoming plian as a pikestaff as we discover that the economy has not been tuned to withstand the hard times.

    Vultures Gather: They Know and Await The End

  • It was plain as a pikestaff what they were after, and if I could have sprouted wings in that moment I'd have been fluttering towards the sea like a damned gull.

    The Sky Writer

  • For it was plain as a pikestaff whither he was bound, and if he thought he could come round me with his blood-brotherhood fustian, he was well out of court.

    THE NUMBERS

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.