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walking stick

a stick held in the hand and used to help support oneself while walking.
Also, walkingstick. Also called stick insect. any of several insects of the family Phasmidae, having a long, slender, twiglike body.
Origin of walking stick
1570-80 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Philip left his walking-stick, his socks, and the Baedeker at Bologna; she only left her sponge-bag.

  • And he was cutting up that crop—with his sword, not a walking-stick.

    The Good Soldier Ford Madox Ford
  • I could have forced it easily with the walking-stick I carried in my hand.

    The Woman in White Wilkie Collins
  • And of slapping his leg with his walking-stick—that was there, too!

    Ravensdene Court J. S. (Joseph Smith) Fletcher
  • "Thank you very much," said the old woman, leaning heavily on her walking-stick.

    The Silver Lining John Roussel
  • They noted with amazement that his "only defense" was a "walking-stick in his hand."

    Benjamin Franklin John Torrey Morse, Jr.
  • It is employed at close quarters, or as a missile, and in time of peace serves as a walking-stick.

  • (To Toinette) Give me my walking-stick; I'll come back directly.

  • I slipped it into my pocket, and got my cap and a walking-stick from the hall, and slipped unobserved out of the house.

    Dead Man's Love Tom Gallon
  • Marguerite paused, and made a series of holes in the sand with her walking-stick.

    Roden's Corner Henry Seton Merriman
British Dictionary definitions for walking-stick

walking stick

a stick or cane carried in the hand to assist walking
the usual US name for stick insect
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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