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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 ?
The staffs themselves were like ships' masts, with topmasts spliced on in true nautical fashion, with shrouds, ratlines, gaffs, and flag-halyards.
One was hoisted up to the gaff of the flagstaff, and the other was placed on the wide veranda.
Now, sooner than let the Protectionists triumph, the Cobden Club itself would blow the gaff and point out to the workers that Protection only means compelling the proprietors of England to employ slaves resident in England and therefore presumably--though by no means necessarily--Englishmen.
There, graceful and still, like a bird ready to spread its wings, she waited till, at the opening of the gates, a tug or two would hurry in noisily, hovering round her with an air of fuss and solicitude, and take her out into the river, tending, shepherding her through open bridges, through dam-like gates between the flat pier-heads, with a bit of green lawn surrounded by gravel and a white signal-mast with yard and gaff, flying a couple of dingy blue, red, or white flags.
A tin dinner-horn rested in cleats just under Harvey's right hand, beside an ugly-looking maul, a short gaff, and a shorter wooden stick.
Then give them the gaff, lieutenant," I shouted back, and hung up the receiver.
As I understood it, there were two ways of getting it cleared,-- first, by lowering the foresail, which was comparatively easy and without danger; and second, by climbing out the peak-halyards to the end of the gaff itself, an exceedingly hazardous performance.
It was a slight uphill climb, for the foresail peaked high; and the halyards, running through various blocks on the gaff and mast, gave him separate holds for hands and feet.
A little later he made the end of the gaff, where, astride the spar itself, he had a better chance for holding on.
At any moment he was liable to be snapped off the gaff, but he was helpless with fright.
At half after five I went below to set the cabin table, but I hardly knew what I did, for my eyes and my brain were filled with the vision of a man, white-faced and trembling, comically like a bug, clinging to the thrashing gaff.
These gaffs are slips and can be caused by carelessness or ignorance and experts say that the desire for power distances politicians from reality.