A staff with a metal tip, carried as a sign of office.
An officer, such as a bailiff or constable, who carries a tipstaff.
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.
Origin of tipstaff
- Alteration of tipped staff
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition