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n. pl. tip·staves (-stāvz′, -stăvz′) or tip·staffs
1. A staff with a metal tip, carried as a sign of office.
2. An officer, such as a bailiff or constable, who carries a tipstaff.

[Alteration of tipped staff.]
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1. (Law) a court official having miscellaneous duties, mostly concerned with the maintenance of order in court
2. a metal-tipped staff formerly used as a symbol of office
[C16 tipped staff; see tip1, staff1]
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(ˈtɪpˌstæf, -ˌstɑf)

n., pl. -staves (-ˌsteɪvz)
1. an attendant or crier in a court of law.
2. a staff tipped with metal, formerly carried as a badge of office, as by a constable.
3. any official who carried such a staff.
[1535–45; shortened form of earlier tipped staff]
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Noun1.tipstaff - staff with a metal tip carried as a sign of office by e.g. a bailiff or constable
staff - a rod carried as a symbol
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n (Brit Jur) → ˜ Ordnungsbeamte(r) m/-beamtin f
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The tipstaffs beat upon the rail, the lawyer he had interrupted uttered an indignant exclamation, Andrews came hurriedly toward him, and the young judge slowly turned his head.
A man, who had tried to force his way past the tipstaffs, was being violently ejected, and, as he disappeared, he waved a paper toward Mr.
The young man went his way, and the governor continued his round, and shortly afterwards two tipstaffs came up with a man in custody, and said, "Senor governor, this person, who seems to be a man, is not so, but a woman, and not an ill-favoured one, in man's clothes." They raised two or three lanterns to her face, and by their light they distinguished the features of a woman to all appearance of the age of sixteen or a little more, with her hair gathered into a gold and green silk net, and fair as a thousand pearls.
The usual forms having been gone through, the body of Samuel Pickwick was soon afterwards confided to the custody of the tipstaff, to be by him taken to the warden of the Fleet Prison, and there detained until the amount of the damages and costs in the action of Bardell against Pickwick was fully paid and satisfied.
Altogether, he had something the look of a tipstaff, or a bailiff's follower, desperately faded, but who had a notion of keeping up the appearance of a professional character, and making the best of the worst means.