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luff

noun \ ˈləf \

Definition of luff

1 : the act of sailing a ship nearer the wind
2 : the forward edge of a fore-and-aft sail

Origin and Etymology of luff

Middle English lof spar holding out the windward tack of a sail, weather side of a ship, from Anglo-French


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luff

verb

Definition of luff

luffed; luffing; luffs
: to turn the head of a ship toward the wind

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14th century

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