Definition of distaff noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

distaff

 noun
noun
NAmE//ˈdɪstæf//
 
 
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  • a stick that was used in the past for holding wool when it was spun by hand
  • Idioms
    on the distaff side(old-fashioned)
     
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    on the woman's side of the family
    See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: distaff