from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A long wooden staff formerly used as a weapon.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. 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.
- n. Fighting or exercise with the quarterstaff.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. 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.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. An old English weapon formed of a stout pole about 6½ feet long.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a long stout staff used as a weapon
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.
It was a length of wood like a quarterstaff, dull red in color.
So a medium quarterstaff does more damage (1d8) than a medium handaxe (1d6).
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.
The man slammed the staff onto the counter with all his strength—and no one had more strength with a quarterstaff than a poleman.
He loosened his grip on his quarterstaff, leaning on it now instead of holding it ready to strike.
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.