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Random House Webster's College Dictionary


  1. an iron hook with a handle for landing large fish.

  2. the spur on a climbing iron, esp. as used by telephone linemen.

    Category: Telegraphy and Telephony

  3. a spar rising aft from a mast to support the head of a fore-and-aft sail.

    Category: Nautical, Navy

  4. a metal spur for a gamecock.

  5. (v.t.)to hook or land (a fish) with a gaff.

Origin of gaff:

1275–1325; ME < MF gaffe, gaff


  1. Informal.harsh treatment, criticism, or ridicule (used esp. in the phrase stand the gaff).

    Category: Common Vocabulary

Origin of gaff:

1895–1900, Amer.


  1. Slang. to cheat; fleece.

Origin of gaff:


Princeton's WordNet

  1. gaff(noun)

    a sharp metal spike or spur that is fastened to the leg of a gamecock

  2. gaff(noun)

    a spar rising aft from a mast to support the head of a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail

  3. gaff(noun)

    an iron hook with a handle; used for landing large fish


  1. gaff(Noun)

    A tool consisting of a large metal hook with a handle or pole, especially the one used to pull large fish aboard a boat.

  2. gaff(Noun)

    A minor error or faux pas.

    We politely ignored his gaff.

  3. gaff(Noun)

    A trick or con.

    The sideshow feat was a just a gaff, but the audience was too proud to admit they'd been fooled.

  4. gaff(Noun)

    A place of residence.

    We're going round to Mike's gaff later to watch the footie.

  5. gaff(Noun)

    The upper spar used to control a gaff-rigged sail.

  6. gaff(Noun)

    A garment worn to hide the genitals by male transvestites.

  7. gaff(Verb)

    To use a gaff, especially to land a fish.

  8. gaff(Verb)

    To cheat or hoax

  9. Origin: from gaffe, from gaf, derivative of gafar, from derived from 0332033903310330033D.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gaff(noun)

    a barbed spear or a hook with a handle, used by fishermen in securing heavy fish

  2. Gaff(noun)

    the spar upon which the upper edge of a fore-and-aft sail is extended

  3. Gaff(noun)

    same as Gaffle, 1

  4. Gaff(verb)

    to strike with a gaff or barbed spear; to secure by means of a gaff; as, to gaff a salmon

Anagrams of gaff

  1. Affg


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