from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An instrument formerly used to adjust the plaits of ruffs.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A small stick or rod of steel, formerly used in adjusting the plaits of ruffs.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
There was also something about a "poking-stick"a stick with the sole purpose of jabbing people but I forget what that was all about...
Keep this in mind next time you think about picking up the poking-stick.
"I'll attend to it myself," said George, rising from his chair, at one end of the big fireplace, and stirring the glowing coals in the brick oven with the hard-wood "poking-stick."
P. 14, l. 10, poating sticke.] -- Or _poking-stick_, an instrument for setting the plaits of ruffs.