[ UK /dɪstˈɑːf/ ]
  1. the sphere of work by women
  2. the staff on which wool or flax is wound before spinning
  1. characteristic of or peculiar to a woman
    female sensitiveness
    female suffrage
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How To Use distaff In A Sentence

  • Seventhly, let the young and strong Jews and Jewesses be given the flail, the axe, the hoe, the spade, the distaff, and spindle and let them earn their bread by the sweat of their noses as in enjoined upon Adam’s children … Think Progress » BREAKING: Military Will Request $100B For Iraq Next Year, Murtha Reveals
  • Yours truly was the lone distaff wielder on the Review team.
  • “that he should leave to men the exercise of arms, and return to his proper station among the maidens of the palace, where a distaff should be again placed in the hand of the eunuch.” The History of the Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire
  • The distaff was a larger, stouter stick, around one end of which the material to be spun was wound in a loose ball. Textiles For Commercial, Industrial, and Domestic Arts Schools; Also Adapted to Those Engaged in Wholesale and Retail Dry Goods, Wool, Cotton, and Dressmaker's Trades
  • Well, at least they've brought back Daniel Jackson, pleasing the distaff fans.
  • A distaff is a rod on which wool is wound before being spun into thread. The Battle of Salamis
  • They shared their gaze for a moment longer and then Gwenddien managed to look away, returning once again to the distaff.
  • In a token attempt at fairness Frank spoke to distaff staff and the Hill's always-burgeoning florist community to find out where the boys are.
  • Here one comes upon the rooms marked with the so-called "distaff" pattern, supposed to indicate that they were the women's quarters. Seeing Europe with Famous Authors, Volume 8 Italy and Greece, Part Two
  • Now, the old woman sat no more at the door with her distaff -- the lank beggar no longer asked charity in courtier-like phrase; nor on holidays did the peasantry thread with slow grace the mazes of the dance. III.6
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