Staff Definition

stăf
staffed, staffs, staves
noun
staffs
A stick or cane carried as an aid in walking or climbing.
American Heritage
A stick, rod, or pole.
Webster's New World
A pole on which a flag is displayed; a flagstaff.
American Heritage
A group of people assisting a chief, manager, president, or other leader.
Webster's New World
A rod or baton carried as a symbol of authority.
American Heritage
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verb
staffed, staffs
To provide with a staff, as of workers.
Webster's New World
To serve on the staff of (an organization).
American Heritage

To supply (a business) with employees.

Wiktionary
adjective
Of, by, for, or on a staff; specif., employed full-time, as on a magazine staff, rather than as a freelance writer.
Webster's New World

Other Word Forms of Staff

Noun

Singular:
staff
Plural:
staves

Origin of Staff

  • Old English stæf, from Proto-Germanic *stabaz. Cognate with Dutch staf, German Stab, Swedish stav. Sense of "group of military officers that assists a commander", attested from 1702, is influenced from German Stab.

    From Wiktionary

  • Middle English staf from Old English stæf

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Perhaps from German Stoff stuff

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

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