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Definitions of gaff

  1. To strike with a gaff or barbed spear; to secure by means of a gaff; as, to gaff a salmon. Webster Dictionary DB
  2. To seize or land, as a fish with a large hook. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  3. In angling, to strike or secure by means of a gaff-hook, as a salmon. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  4. an iron hook with a handle; used for landing large fish Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  5. A barbed spear or a hook with a handle, used by fishermen in securing heavy fish. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. The spar upon which the upper edge of a fore-and-aft sail is extended. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. Same as Gaffle, 1. Webster Dictionary DB
  8. A large hook for landing salmon, etc.; a piece of wood upon which to extend the upper edge of a fore-and-aft sail. The Winston Simplified Dictionary. By William Dodge Lewis, Edgar Arthur Singer. Published 1919.
  9. A boat-hook or fishing-spear: a kind of boom or yard. The american dictionary of the english language. By Daniel Lyons. Published 1899.
  10. Spar at the upper edge of a fore-and-aft sail; steel blade fixed on the spurs of cocks for fighting. The Clarendon dictionary. By William Hand Browne, Samuel Stehman Haldeman. Published 1894.
  11. A spar for extending a sail. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  12. A boat-hook or light spear used by fishermen; a boom or yard to extend the upper edge of a fore-and-aft sail; a low theatre. Nuttall's Standard dictionary of the English language. By Nuttall, P.Austin. Published 1914.
  13. A prop or sort of boom used in extending the upper corner of a fore-and-aft sail. Etymological and pronouncing dictionary of the English language. By Stormonth, James, Phelp, P. H. Published 1874.

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Usage examples for gaff

  1. We responded by running our ensign up to the gaff but reserved our fire for a while, the skipper having as yet had no opportunity of finding out our lads' capabilities with the guns. – The Log of a Privateersman by Harry Collingwood
  2. When a gent gets the gaff for shore, he falls for'ard. – Wolfville Nights by Alfred Lewis
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