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Meaning of DISTAFF

Pronunciation:  'distaf

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  the staff on which wool or flax is wound before spinning
  2. [n]  the sphere of work by women
  3. [adj]  characteristic of or peculiar to a woman; "female sensitiveness"; "female suffrage"

DISTAFF is a 7 letter word that starts with D.


 Synonyms: female, feminine
 See Also: area, arena, domain, field, orbit, sphere, spinning wheel, staff



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Dis"taff\, n.; pl. {Distaffs}, rarely {Distaves}. [OE.
distaf, dysestafe, AS. distaef; cf. LG. diesse the bunch of
flax on a distaff, and E. dizen. See {Staff}.]
1. The staff for holding a bunch of flax, tow, or wool, from
   which the thread is drawn in spinning by hand.

         I will the distaff hold; come thou and spin.

2. Used as a symbol of the holder of a distaff; hence, a
   woman; women, collectively.

         His crown usurped, a distaff on the throne.

         Some say the crozier, some say the distaff was too
         busy.                                 --Howell.

Note: The plural is regular, but Distaves occurs in Beaumont
      & Fletcher.

{Descent by distaff}, descent on the mother's side.

{Distaff Day}, or {Distaff's Day}, the morrow of the
   Epiphany, that is, January 7, because working at the
   distaff was then resumed, after the Christmas festival; --
   called also {Rock Day}, a distaff being called a rock.

Easton Bible Dictionary

(Heb. pelek, a "circle"), the instrument used for twisting threads by a whirl (Prov. 31:19).