- The definition of a staff is a long stick used for walking or a group of workers.
- An example of staff is what a shepherd holds.
- An example of staff is all of the workers at a school.
- Staff is defined as to add employees to an organization, group, etc.
An example of staff is to hire camp counselors for the summer.
- a stick, rod, or pole; specif.,
- a stick used as a support in walking
- a pole or club used as a weapon
- a pole for supporting a banner or flag
- a rod, wand, crosier, etc. used as a symbol of authority
- Archaic a shaft, as of a lance
- any of several graduated sticks or rules used for measuring, as in surveying
- a group of people assisting a chief, manager, president, or other leader
- a group of officers serving a military or naval commanding officer in an advisory and administrative capacity without combat duties or command
- a specific group of workers or employees: a teaching staff, newspaper staff, maintenance staff
- Music the horizontal lines on and between which notes are written or printed: the placement of a note on the staff indicates its pitch
Origin of staffMiddle English staf ; from Old English stæf, akin to German stab, ; from Indo-European base an unverified form steb(h)-, post, pole from source stem, stamp
Origin of staff; from German staffieren, to fill out, decorate; via Dutch ; from Old French estoffe, stuff
Origin of staffPerhaps from German Stoff, stuff.
nounpl. staffs or staves
- a. A stick or cane carried as an aid in walking or climbing.b. A stout stick used as a weapon; a cudgel.c. A pole on which a flag is displayed; a flagstaff.d. A rod or baton carried as a symbol of authority.
- pl. staffs A rule or similar graduated stick used for testing or measuring, as in surveying.
- pl. staffs a. A group of assistants to a manager, executive, or other person in authority.b. A group of military officers assigned to assist a commanding officer in an executive or advisory capacity.c. The personnel who carry out a specific enterprise: the nursing staff of a hospital.
- Something that serves as a staple or support.
- Music A set of horizontal lines and intermediate spaces used in notation to represent a sequence of pitches, in modern notation normally consisting of five lines and four spaces. Also called stave.
transitive verbstaffed, staff·ing, staffs
- To provide with a staff of workers or assistants.
- To serve on the staff of (an organization).
Origin of staffMiddle English staf, from Old English stæf.
(countable and uncountable, plural staffs or staves or staff)
- (plural staffs or staves) a long, straight stick, especially one used to assist in walking.
- (music, plural staves) A series of horizontal lines on which musical notes are written.
- (plural staff) The employees of a business.
- The company employed 10 new members of staff this month.
- (uncountable) A mixture of plaster and fibre used as a temporary exterior wall covering (see Wikipedia article)
- A pole, stick, or wand borne as an ensign of authority; a badge of office.
- a constable's staff
- A pole upon which a flag is supported and displayed.
- (archaic) The rung of a ladder.
- A series of verses so disposed that, when it is concluded, the same order begins again; a stanza; a stave.
- (engineering) An arbor, as of a wheel or a pinion of a watch.
- (surgery) The grooved director for the gorget, or knife, used in cutting for stone in the bladder.
- (military) An establishment of officers in various departments attached to an army, to a section of an army, or to the commander of an army. The general's staff consists of those officers about his person who are employed in carrying his commands into execution.
(third-person singular simple present staffs, present participle staffing, simple past and past participle staffed)