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Gaff Meaning and Definition from WordNet (r) 2.0
    gaff n
  1. a spar rising aft from a mast to support the head of a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail
  2. an iron hook with a handle; used for landing large fish
Gaff Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Gaff \Gaff\, n. [OE. gaffe, F. gaffe an iron hook with which seamen pull great fishes into their ships; cf. Ir. gaf, gafa hook; perh. akin to G. gabel fork, Skr. gabhasti. Cf. Gaffle, Gable.]
  1. A barbed spear or a hook with a handle, used by fishermen in securing heavy fish.
  2. (Naut.) The spar upon which the upper edge of a fore-and-aft sail is extended.
  3. Same as Gaffle,
  4. --Wright.
Gaff Meaning and Definition from Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary (1913)
    Gaff \Gaff\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gaffed; p. pr. & vb. n. Gaffing.] To strike with a gaff or barbed spear; to secure by means of a gaff; as, to gaff a salmon.
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  • Gaff: Gaff may refer to: Pole-shaped devices: Fishing gaff , a pole used in fishing. Gaff or hakapik , used as a seal-hunting weapon ...
  • Gaff rig: Gaff rig is a sailing rig (configuration of sails) in which the sail is four-cornered, fore-and-aft rig ged, controlled at its peak and ...
  • Fishing gaff: In fishing , a gaff is a pole with a sharp hook on the end that is used to stab a large fish and then lift the fish into the boat. ...
  • Operation Gaff: During World War II , Operation Gaff was a six-man patrol of Special Air Service commandos , who parachuted into Nazi -occupied France on ...
  • Penny gaff: A penny gaff was a popular entertainment for the lower classes in 19th century England . It consisted of short, theatrical entertainments ...

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