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Word of the Day – Distaff

By June 21, 2022Word of the Day

Distaff (noun)

dis-taf

A stick or spindle on to which wool or flax is wound for spinning. / (as modifier) Of or concerning women.

Old English distæf the first element is apparently related to Middle Low German dise, disene ‘distaff, bunch of flax’; the second is staff. distaff (sense 2 of the noun) arose because spinning was traditionally done by women.

Example sentences

“She came with three distaffs in her hand, ready for work.”

“Marriage is still the passport to distaff power”

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