from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.
- noun A long wooden staff formerly used as a weapon.
from The Century Dictionary.
- noun An old English weapon formed of a stout pole about 6½ feet long.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.
- noun A long and stout staff formerly used as a weapon of defense and offense; -- so called because in holding it one hand was placed in the middle, and the other between the middle and the end.
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- noun A wooden staff of an approximate length between 2 and 2.5 meters, sometimes tipped with iron, used as a weapon in rural England during the Early Modern period.
- noun Fighting or exercise with the quarterstaff.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- noun a long stout staff used as a weapon
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A quarterstaff was a dynamic weapon; it didn't have a point or edge to do the wielder's work for him.
The classic “Rabbit of Seville” has a clip, as does “Robin Hood Daffy” (with the immortal quarterstaff sequence).
Combine it with white robes and shining armour for a paladin-type, for instance, or black leather armour and a quarterstaff for a battlemonk.
He loosened his grip on his quarterstaff, leaning on it now instead of holding it ready to strike.
So a medium quarterstaff does more damage (1d8) than a medium handaxe (1d6).
The man slammed the staff onto the counter with all his strength—and no one had more strength with a quarterstaff than a poleman.
It was a length of wood like a quarterstaff, dull red in color.
But a huge quarterstaff does the same damage as a huge handaxe (1d10).
At the door, a man dressed all in grey, wearing a short sword and holding a quarterstaff, stopped them and looked them up and down.
He loved the rough exercises of wrestling, boxing, leaping, and quarterstaff, and frequented, when he could obtain leisure, the bull-baitings and foot-ball matches, by which the burgh was sometimes enlivened.