Meaning of packstaff in English:

packstaff

noun

historical, rare
  • A staff on which a pedlar supports his or her pack when resting.

    Formerly frequently in "†as plain as a packstaff" = "plain as a pikestaff".

Pronunciation

packstaff

/ˈpakstɑːf/ /ˈpakstaf/

Origin

Mid 16th century; earliest use found in Thomas More (1478–1535), lord chancellor, humanist, and martyr. From pack + staff.