pl. -·staffs· or -·staves·
- a staff with a metal tip, formerly carried as an emblem by certain officials
- an official who carried such a staff; esp., in England, a bailiff or constable
nounpl. tip·staves or tip·staffs
- A staff with a metal tip, carried as a sign of office.
- An officer, such as a bailiff or constable, who carries a tipstaff.
Origin of tipstaffAlteration of tipped staff.