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gaff

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noun \ˈgaf\

Definition of gaff

  1. 1a :  a spear or spearhead for taking fish or turtlesb :  a handled hook for holding or lifting heavy fishc :  a metal spur for a gamecockd :  a butcher's hooke :  a climbing iron or its steel point

  2. 2 :  the spar (see 1spar 2a) 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 spear or hook <gaff a salmon>

  3. 2 :  to fit (a gamecock) with a metal spur

Origin and Etymology of gaff

see 1gaff


First Known Use: 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

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gaff

noun

Definition of gaff

  1. 1a :  something painful or difficult to bear :  ordeal —usually used in the phrase stand the gaff; especially :  persistent raillery or criticismb :  rough treatment :  abuse

  2. 2a :  hoax, fraudb :  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>

Origin and Etymology of gaff

see 4gaff


First Known Use: 1933




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