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Staff appears in many palindromes (phrases that read the same backward as forward):

  • Slob, my staff insists I sniff at symbols!
  • Staff lug new ones… oh, those now engulf fats!
  • Sued amid an omen of fat staff, one monad I made us.
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Usage statistics for the noun staff:

spoken English36.77%written English63.23% conversational speech16.26%task-oriented speech83.74% imaginative writing20.56%informational writing79.44%
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Definition of the noun staff

What does staff mean as a name of something?

Staff is one of the top 1000 most common nouns. It is used mostly in informational writing, being one of the top 1000 most common nouns in informational written English.View more statistics!

noun - plural: staffs (people) / staves (rod music) / staffs (variant; rod music)

  1. personnel who assist their superior in carrying out an assigned task
    • examples: the hospital has an excellent nursing staff | the general relied on his staff to make routine decisions
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • more generic words: force / personnel = group of people willing to obey orders
    • more specific terms:
      • newsroom = the staff of a newspaper or the news department of a periodical
      • office staff / office = professional or clerical workers in an office
      • research staff = a group of associated research workers in a university or library or laboratory
      • sales staff = those in a business who are responsible for sales
      • security staff = those in an organization responsible for preventing spying or theft
      • maintenance staff / service staff = those in a business responsible for maintaining the physical plant
      • general staff = military officers assigned to assist a senior officer in planning military policy
      • headquarters staff = military staff stationed at headquarters
    • member: staff member / staffer = an employee who is a member of a staff of workers
  2. a strong rod or stick with a specialized utilitarian purpose
    • example: he walked with the help of a wooden staff
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • more generic word: stick = an implement consisting of a length of wood
    • more specific terms:
      • alpenstock = a stout staff with a metal point
      • baton = a short staff carried by some officials to symbolize an office or an authority
      • shepherd's crook / crook = a long staff with one end being hook shaped
      • crutch = a wooden or metal staff that fits under the armpit and reaches to the ground
      • distaff = the staff on which wool or flax is wound before spinning
      • flagstaff / flagpole = a tall staff or pole on which a flag is raised
      • pikestaff = the staff of a pike
      • quarterstaff = a long stout staff used as a weapon
  3. the body of teachers and administrators at a school
    • example: the dean addressed the letter to the entire staff of the university
    • lexical domain: Groups - nouns denoting groupings of people or objects
    • synonym of staff: faculty
    • more generic word: body = a group of persons associated by some common tie or occupation and regarded as an entity
    • member of: school = an educational institution
    • member: professor / prof = someone who is a member of the faculty at a college or university
  4. building material consisting of plaster and hair; used to cover external surfaces of temporary structure (as at an exposition) or for decoration
  5. a rod carried as a symbol
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • more generic word: symbol = an arbitrary sign (written or printed) that has acquired a conventional significance
    • more specific words:
      • crosier / crozier = a staff surmounted by a crook or cross carried by bishops as a symbol of pastoral office
      • mace = a ceremonial staff carried as a symbol of office or authority
      • scepter / sceptre / verge / wand = a ceremonial or emblematic staff
      • tipstaff = staff with a metal tip carried as a sign of office by e.g. a bailiff or constable
  6. (music) the system of five horizontal lines on which the musical notes are written
    • domain: music
    • lexical domain: Communicative Processes - nouns denoting communicative processes and contents
    • synonym of staff: stave
    • more generic term: musical notation = notation used by musicians
    • parts:
      • staff line = any of the 5 horizontal marks comprising a staff
      • space = one of the areas between or below or above the lines of a musical staff

Alternative definition of the noun staff


  1. [context: plural staffs or staves] a long, straight stick, especially one used to assist in walking.
  2. [music, plural staves] A series of horizontal lines on which musical notes are written.
  3. [context: plural staff] The employees of a business. (e.g. The company employed 10 new staff this month.)
  4. [uncountable] A mixture of plaster and fibre used as a temporary exterior wall covering (see Wikipedia article)

Definition of the verb staff

What does staff mean as a doing word?

verb - inflections: staffed | staffing | staffs

  1. provide with staff
  2. serve on the staff of
    • example: The two men staff the reception desk
    • lexical domain: Competition - verbs of fighting, athletic activities
    • more generic word: serve = do duty or hold offices


Who is Staff?

Staff a.k.a. Stafford Repp: Stafford Alois Repp was an American actor best known for his role as Police Chief O'Hara, opposite Adam West's character on ABC's Batman television series.


Staff is a musical group.


Staff is a record label.


  1. Staff is a fictional character in the 2011 action film The Mechanic.
  2. Staff is a fictional character from anime tv series Nekketsu Saikyō Go-Saurer.

There are other characters with in their name, like Jack Staff, Press staff, Staff Nurse, Ground Staff, Office Staff, Staff Member, Staff captain, Staff Officer, Waiting staff, Catering Staff, Chief of staff, Hospital staff, Staff sergeant, Joint Chiefs of Staff and Staff Sergeant Robert Barnes.


  1. "Staff" is a composition.
  2. "Staff" is a musical EP of Lugol's Iodine.
    • released in (4 years ago)


  1. Staff: A military staff is a group of officers and enlisted personnel that are responsible for the administrative, operational and logistical needs of its unit. It provides bi-directional flow of information between a commanding officer and subordinate military units. A staff also provides an executive function where it filters information needed by the commander or shunts unnecessary information.
    • also known as General Staff
  2. Staff is a kind of artificial stone used for covering and ornamenting temporary buildings.
  3. Staff is a published work.
  4. Staff is a job title.
  5. Staff: This weapon class is used by Priests.

Phrases with Staff

Phrases starting with the word Staff:

  1. Staff Up
  2. staff line
  3. staff tree
  4. staff vine
  5. staff member
  6. staff office
  7. staff of life

Phrases ending with the word Staff:

  1. to staff
  2. bass staff
  3. half-staff
  4. cross-staff
  5. Grand staff
  6. Level staff
  7. sales staff
  8. Verge Staff
  9. office staff
  10. treble staff
  11. general staff
  12. jacob's staff
  13. service staff

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Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Staff

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Google previewThe Complete Idiot's Guide to Music Theory (2005)

by Michael Miller

For example, the first space above the staff is the first note after F: G. The first line above the staff is the first note after G: A. You can keep adding spaces and lines above the staff to describe higher and higher notes, as shown in the following ...

Google previewLiu Bin's Zhuang Gong Bagua Zhang (2012)

South District Beijing's Strongly Rooted Style: Foundation Practices by Zhang Jie, Randy Chung, Richard Shapiro

Chapter 7 parl Long Gun (Coiling Dragon Long Staff) In the Chinese martial arts system, the staff is the most basic and most commonly seen weapon. It has the longest history and the greatest area of use. Every Chinese martial arts family has ...

Google previewMastering Refractive IOLs (2008)

The Art and Science by David F. Chang

The staff is a key element in winning with premium IOLs. Educate and reward your staff in order to succeed with...

However, the staff is the key to the surgeon's success with premium IOLs. In most cataract practices in the United States, the ...


Strategies for your business success. by Geoff Grist

Secret # 250: Teaching staff is a large part of running a successful business. Be confident about passing on your knowledge and be precise as to how you want a task performed. Your staff are keen to please you but they are often too shy to ...

Google previewNational Health Data Dictionary 2012 version 16

staff. Identifying and definitional attributes Metadata item type: METeOR identifier: Registration status: Definition:...

Google previewThe Encyclopedia of Elder Care (2013)

The Comprehensive Resource on Geriatric Health and Social Care, Third Edition by Michael L. Malone, MD, Paul R. Katz, MD, Mathy Mezey

Assistive Technology Editorial Staff Association for Gerontology in Higher Education Editorial Staff Autonomy Editorial Staff Balance Barbara Resnick Behavioral Expressions of Distress in People Living With Dementia Karen Amann Talerico ...

Google previewEssential Dictionary of Music Notation (Pocket Size Book)

Grand staff The grand staff is used to notate scores for instruments such as piano, organ, harp and marimba. The grand staff consists of two staves joined by a brace and a systemic barline. (See Brace) Although the "normal" clefs for the grand ...

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Usage statistics about staff

The following statistics are based on the British National Corpus, so they are representative for the British English from the later part of the 20th century, both spoken and written.

Usage statistics for the noun staff:

spoken English36.77%written English63.23% conversational speech16.26%task-oriented speech83.74% imaginative writing20.56%informational writing79.44%

Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun staff:


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Quotes about Staff

Duke came to us. They volunteered to come to us and made a number of suggestions to some people on my staff. I don't know how I would characterize them, but there have been some discussions going back and forth between Duke and members of my staff. (Gray Davis)
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Scrabble value of S1T1A1F4F4

The value of this 5-letter word is 11 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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