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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
References in classic literature ?
But the big flat fish was gaffed and hauled in at last.
Of course, the daily chant of ordinary pain of training went on all the time through the working hours, such as of "good" bears and lions and tigers that were made amenable under stress, and of elephants derricked and gaffed into making the head-stand or into the beating of a bass drum.
Quickly I gaffed the fish again and pulled it into the boat.