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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

borrowed from French gaffe, going back to Middle French, borrowed from Old Occitan gaf, probably derivative of gafar “to seize,” of obscure origin Middle English gaffe, occurring in the early 14th-century “Kildare Poems” (British Library MS Harley 913) and glossed “iron hook” in the Middle English Dictionary, is of uncertain relation to the modern word. It predates attestations of the word in French.


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

derivative of 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

of obscure origin


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

of obscure origin


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

probably derivative of 4gaff


First Known Use: 1933





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