singlestick [sing-guh l-stik] EXAMPLES|WORD ORIGIN noun a short, heavy stick. (formerly)

  1. a wooden stick held in one hand, used instead of a sword in fencing.
  2. fencing with such a stick.

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  • Origin of singlestick First recorded in 1765–75; single + stick1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019 Examples from the Web for singlestick Historical Examples of singlestick

  • I am fairly good at fence, and excellent as any at singlestick.

    The Black Douglas

    S. R. Crockett

  • The knowledge of singlestick and quarterstaff still lingered, in the country parts of England.

    Under Drake’s Flag

    G. A. Henty

  • When this was finished he very often played a bout of singlestick, or underwent some other severe muscular exertion.


    Richard Edgcumbe

  • Thou art a deft hand at quarterstaff and singlestick, though, and I doubt not that thy hands can guard thy head.

    The Cornet of Horse

    G. A. Henty

  • George Fairburn had ever been an adept at all school games, and had spent many a leisure hour at singlestick.

    With Marlborough to Malplaquet

    Herbert Strang and Richard Stead

  • British Dictionary definitions for singlestick singlestick noun a wooden stick used instead of a sword for fencing fencing with such a stick any short heavy stick Collins English Dictionary – Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

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