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gaff

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noun \ˈgaf\

Definition of gaff

  1. 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. 2 :  the spar on which the head of a fore-and-aft sail is extended

  3. 3 :  gaffe



Origin and Etymology of gaff

French gaffe, from Occitan gaf


First Known Use: circa 1656


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gaff

verb

Definition of gaff

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  to strike or secure with a gaff

  3. 2 :  to fit (a gamecock) with a gaff



1844

First Known Use of gaff

1844


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gaff

noun

Definition of gaff

British

  1. :  a cheap theater or music hall



Origin and Etymology of gaff

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1812

Other Performing Arts Terms


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gaff

noun

Definition of gaff

  1. 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. 2 a :  hoax, fraud b :  gimmick, trick



Origin and Etymology of gaff

origin unknown


First Known Use: 1896


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gaff

verb

Definition of gaff

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  deceive, trick; also :  fleece

  3. 2 :  to fix for the purpose of cheating <gaff the dice>



1933

First Known Use of gaff

1933

Rhymes with gaff



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