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Definitions of gaff

  1. a spar rising aft from a mast to support the head of a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  2. an iron hook with a handle; used for landing large fish Scrapingweb Dictionary DB
  3. A barbed spear or a hook with a handle, used by fishermen in securing heavy fish. Webster Dictionary DB
  4. The spar upon which the upper edge of a fore-and-aft sail is extended. Webster Dictionary DB
  5. Same as Gaffle, 1. Webster Dictionary DB
  6. To strike with a gaff or barbed spear; to secure by means of a gaff; as, to gaff a salmon. Webster Dictionary DB
  7. 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.
  8. To seize or land, as a fish with a large hook. 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. 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.
  11. 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.
  12. A sharp iron hook at the end of a pole, for landing large fish. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  13. A spar for extending a sail. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  14. A game cock's steel spur. The Concise Standard Dictionary of the English Language. By James Champlin Fernald. Published 1919.
  15. 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.
  16. 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.
  17. 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.] gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  18. gaf, n. (slang) a low theatre: a fair. gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  19. gaf, v.i. (slang) to gamble.--ns. GAFF'ER; GAFF'ING. gutenberg.org/ebooks/37683
  20. Barbed fishing-spear; stick with iron hook for landing large fish; spar extending top of fore-&-aft sail not set on stays; (vb) seize (fish) with g. [French] Concise Oxford Dictionary
  21. (slang). Blow the g., let out plot. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  22. (slang). Public place of amusement, esp. (usu. penny g.) low theatre or music-hall. Concise Oxford Dictionary
  23. [Ir.] (Naut.) The spar which extends the upper end of fore-and-aft sails, other than stay and sprit sails. The end next the mast is the jaw, the other end the peak. The jaw is semicircular and fits on the mast, to which it is secured by the jaw rope, which has wooden balls, called trucks, strung on it to lessen the friction. Glossary of terms and phrases - Percy
  24. n. [French, Irish, Gaelic] A light spear or barbed iron used by fishermen;—a boom or yard, extending the upper edge of a fore and aft sail. Cabinet Dictionary
  25. A harpoon or large hook. Complete Dictionary

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