• (RP) enPR: stäf, IPA: /stɑːf/
  • (North America, Northern England) IPA: /ˈstæf/


  1. (plural staffs or staves) A long, straight, thick wooden rod or stick, especially one used to assist in walking.
  2. (music, plural staves) A series of horizontal lines on which musical notes are written; a stave.
  3. (plural staff or staffs) The employees of a business.
    The company employed 10 new members of staff this month.
  4. (uncountable) A mixture of plaster and fibre used as a temporary exterior wall covering.W
  5. A pole, stick, or wand borne as an ensign of authority; a badge of office.
    a constable's staff
    • 1591, William Shakespeare, “The Second Part of Henry the Sixt, […]”, in Mr. William Shakespeares Comedies, Histories, & Tragedies: Published According to the True Originall Copies (First Folio), London: Printed by Isaac Iaggard, and Ed[ward] Blount, published 1623, OCLC 606515358 ↗, [Act I, scene ii]:
      Methought this staff, mine office badge in court, / Was broke in twain.
    • All his officers brake their staves; but at their return new staves were delivered unto them.
  6. A pole upon which a flag is supported and displayed.
  7. (archaic) The rung of a ladder.
    • , E. Brown's Travels
      I ascend at one [ladder] of six hundred and thirty-nine staves.
  8. A series of verses so disposed that, when it is concluded, the same order begins again; a stanza; a stave.
    • Cowley found out that no kind of staff is proper for an heroic poem, as being all too lyrical.
  9. (engineering) An arbor, as of a wheel or a pinion of a watch.
  10. (surgery) The grooved director for the gorget, or knife, used in cutting for stone in the bladder.
  11. (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.
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staff (staffs, present participle staffing; past and past participle staffed)

  1. (transitive) To supply (a business, volunteer organization, etc.) with employees or staff members.
  1. Misspelling of staph

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