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gaff 1

 (găf)
n.
1. A large iron hook attached to a pole or handle and used to land large fish.
2. Nautical A spar attached to a mast and used to extend the upper edge of a fore-and-aft sail.
3.
a. A sharp metal spur or spike fastened to the leg of a gamecock.
b. A climbing hook used by telephone and electric line workers.
4. Slang A trick or gimmick, especially one used in a swindle or to rig a game.
5. A tight-fitting undergarment designed to secure the male genitals between the legs and create the appearance of a smooth crotch.
6. Slang Harshness of treatment; abuse.
tr.v. gaffed, gaf·fing, gaffs
1. To hook or land (a fish) using a gaff.
2. To equip (a gamecock) with a gaff.
3. Slang
a. To take in or defraud; swindle.
b. To rig or fix in order to cheat: knew that the carnival games had been gaffed.

[Middle English gaffe, from Old French, from Old Provençal gaf, from gafar, to seize, of Germanic origin; see kap- in Indo-European roots. Noun, senses 4 and 5, and verb, senses 3a and 3b, probably from the spurred, ink-filled rings used by card sharpers to secretly mark cards.]

gaff 2

 (găf)
n. Chiefly British
1. A public place of entertainment, especially a cheap or disreputable music hall or theater.
2. Slang A house, building, or apartment, especially where one resides.

[Origin unknown.]

gaff

(ɡæf)
n
1. (Angling) angling a stiff pole with a stout prong or hook attached for landing large fish
2. (Nautical Terms) nautical a boom hoisted aft of a mast to support a gaffsail
3. (Individual Sports, other than specified) a metal spur fixed to the leg of a gamecock
vb (tr)
4. (Angling) angling to hook or land (a fish) with a gaff
5. slang to cheat; hoax
[C13: from French gaffe, from Provençal gaf boathook]

gaff

(ɡæf)
n
1. slang foolish talk; nonsense
2. blow the gaff slang Brit to divulge a secret
3. stand the gaff slang chiefly US and Canadian to endure ridicule, difficulties, etc
[C19: of unknown origin]

gaff

(ɡæf)
n
1. a person's home, esp a flat
2. Also called: penny-gaff a cheap or low-class place of entertainment, esp a cheap theatre or music hall in Victorian England
[C18: of unknown origin]

gaff1

(gæf)
n.
1. an iron hook with a handle for landing large fish.
2. the spur on a climbing iron, esp. as used by telephone linemen.
3. a spar rising aft from a mast to support the head of a fore-and-aft sail.
4. a metal spur for a gamecock.
v.t.
5. to hook or land (a fish) with a gaff.
[1275–1325; Middle English < Middle French gaffe, gaff]

gaff2

(gæf)

n.
Informal. harsh treatment, criticism, or ridicule (used esp. in the phrase stand the gaff).
[1895–1900, Amer.]

gaff3

(gæf)
v.t.
Slang. to cheat; fleece.
[1745–55]

gaff


Past participle: gaffed
Gerund: gaffing

Imperative
gaff
gaff
Present
I gaff
you gaff
he/she/it gaffs
we gaff
you gaff
they gaff
Preterite
I gaffed
you gaffed
he/she/it gaffed
we gaffed
you gaffed
they gaffed
Present Continuous
I am gaffing
you are gaffing
he/she/it is gaffing
we are gaffing
you are gaffing
they are gaffing
Present Perfect
I have gaffed
you have gaffed
he/she/it has gaffed
we have gaffed
you have gaffed
they have gaffed
Past Continuous
I was gaffing
you were gaffing
he/she/it was gaffing
we were gaffing
you were gaffing
they were gaffing
Past Perfect
I had gaffed
you had gaffed
he/she/it had gaffed
we had gaffed
you had gaffed
they had gaffed
Future
I will gaff
you will gaff
he/she/it will gaff
we will gaff
you will gaff
they will gaff
Future Perfect
I will have gaffed
you will have gaffed
he/she/it will have gaffed
we will have gaffed
you will have gaffed
they will have gaffed
Future Continuous
I will be gaffing
you will be gaffing
he/she/it will be gaffing
we will be gaffing
you will be gaffing
they will be gaffing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been gaffing
you have been gaffing
he/she/it has been gaffing
we have been gaffing
you have been gaffing
they have been gaffing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been gaffing
you will have been gaffing
he/she/it will have been gaffing
we will have been gaffing
you will have been gaffing
they will have been gaffing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been gaffing
you had been gaffing
he/she/it had been gaffing
we had been gaffing
you had been gaffing
they had been gaffing
Conditional
I would gaff
you would gaff
he/she/it would gaff
we would gaff
you would gaff
they would gaff
Past Conditional
I would have gaffed
you would have gaffed
he/she/it would have gaffed
we would have gaffed
you would have gaffed
they would have gaffed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gaff - a sharp metal spike or spur that is fastened to the leg of a gamecock
spike - each of the sharp points on the soles of athletic shoes to prevent slipping (or the shoes themselves); "the second baseman sharpened his spikes before every game"; "golfers' spikes damage the putting greens"
2.gaff - a spar rising aft from a mast to support the head of a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sailgaff - a spar rising aft from a mast to support the head of a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail
sailing ship, sailing vessel - a vessel that is powered by the wind; often having several masts
spar - a stout rounded pole of wood or metal used to support rigging
3.gaff - an iron hook with a handle; used for landing large fish
fishing gear, fishing rig, fishing tackle, tackle, rig - gear used in fishing
hook - a curved or bent implement for suspending or pulling something
Translations

gaff

1 [gæf]
A. N (Fishing) (= harpoon) → arpón m, garfio m
B. VTarponear, enganchar

gaff

2 [gæf] N (Brit) (= home) → casa f

gaff

3 [gæf] N to blow the gaffirse de la lengua, descubrir el pastel

gaff

[ˈgæf] n
[boat] → espar m, corne f
(= pole) → gaffe f

see also gaffe

gaff

1
n
(Fishing) → Landungshaken m, → Gaff nt
(Naut) → Gaffel f
vt (Fishing) → mit dem (Landungs)haken or Gaff an Land ziehen

gaff

2
n to blow the gaff (inf)nicht dichthalten (inf); he blew the gaff by saying thatals er das sagte, war alles raus (inf); to blow the gaff on somethingetw ausquatschen (inf)

gaff

[gæf] n
a. (fam) to blow the gaffspifferare un segreto
b. (Fishing) → arpione m