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1. The shaft of a pike.
2. A walking stick tipped with a metal spike.


(Arms & Armour (excluding Firearms)) the wooden handle of a pike


(ˈpaɪkˌstæf, -ˌstɑf)

n., pl. -staves (-ˌsteɪvz)
1. the shaft of an infantry pike.
2. a staff with a metal spike at the lower end.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.pikestaff - the staff of a pike
pike - medieval weapon consisting of a spearhead attached to a long pole or pikestaff; superseded by the bayonet
staff - a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose; "he walked with the help of a wooden staff"


n as plain as a pikestaffsonnenklar
References in classic literature ?
The case is as plain as a pikestaff, and the more one goes into it the plainer it becomes.
Then up got Little John, and, taking the bag of gold, which he thrust into his bosom, he strapped a girdle about his loins, took a stout pikestaff full seven feet long in his hand, and set forth upon his journey.
Up he rose at the dawn of the next day, and, taking his stout pikestaff in his hand, he set forth upon his journey once more, as though he would make up for lost time.
Plain as a pikestaff to me," said Miss Howard shortly.
Most of those who died at Flodden were Scots, unsuitably armed with long and unwieldy pikestaffs and stuck in a north Northumberland bog as they were cut to pieces by Englishmen armed with knives and swords.
The reason we don't have as much medieval stained glass, gilded statuary and boxes of saints' knuckle bones in our churches as do, say, the French, is because yokels with pikestaffs burst in and smashed them all in a fit of Dissolution, Reformation and Puritan pique.