gaff

7 ENTRIES FOUND:

1gaff

noun \ˈgaf\

Definition of GAFF

1
a :  a spear or spearhead for taking fish or turtles
b :  a handled hook for holding or lifting heavy fish
c :  a metal spur for a gamecock
d :  a butcher's hook
e :  a climbing iron or its steel point used by a telephone lineman
2
:  the spar on which the head of a fore-and-aft sail is extended
3
:  gaffe

Origin of GAFF

French gaffe, from Occitan gaf
First Known Use: circa 1656

2gaff

verb

Definition of GAFF

transitive verb
1
:  to strike or secure with a gaff
2
:  to fit (a gamecock) with a gaff

First Known Use of GAFF

1844

3gaff

noun

Definition of GAFF

British
:  a cheap theater or music hall

Origin of GAFF

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1812

Other Performing Arts Terms

diva, dramaturgy, loge, prestidigitation, proscenium, supernumerary, zany

4gaff

noun

Definition of GAFF

1
a :  something painful or difficult to bear :  ordeal —usually used in the phrase stand the gaff; especially :  persistent raillery or criticism
b :  rough treatment :  abuse
2
a :  hoax, fraud
b :  gimmick, trick

Origin of GAFF

origin unknown
First Known Use: 1896

5gaff

verb

Definition of GAFF

transitive verb
1
:  deceive, trick; also :  fleece
2
:  to fix for the purpose of cheating <gaff the dice>

First Known Use of GAFF

1933

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