Definition of handstaff in English:

handstaff

Pronunciation /ˈhan(d)stɑːf/ /ˈhan(d)staf/

noun

  • 1A stick, pole, or club used as a weapon.

  • 2historical A long wooden handle; specifically that part of a threshing flail by which it is held.

Origin

Late Middle English; earliest use found in Medulla Grammatice. From hand + staff.