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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

  5. Origin: [OE. gaffe, F. gaffe an iron hook with which seamen pull great fishes into their ships; cf. Ir. gaf, gafa hook; perh. akin to G. gabel fork, Skr. gabhasti. Cf. Gaffle, Gable.]

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gaff

    gaf, n. a hook used esp. for landing large fish after they have been hooked on the line and spent by the skill of the angler: (naut.) the spar to which the head of a fore-and-aft sail is bent.—v.t. to hook or bind by means of a gaff.—n. Gaff′-top-sail, a small sail, the head of which is extended on a small gaff which hoists on the top-mast, and the foot on the lower gaff. [Fr. gaffe.]

  2. Gaff

    gaf, n. (slang) a low theatre: a fair.

  3. Gaff

    gaf, v.i. (slang) to gamble.—ns. Gaff′er; Gaff′ing.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gaff in Chaldean Numerology is: 2

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gaff in Pythagorean Numerology is: 2

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