- The definition of a gaff is a pole with a hook.
A stick with a spear on the end that you use to catch a fish by thrusting it down quickly into the fish is an example of a gaff.
- To gaff is defined as to capture or impale using a stick with a hook or spear on the end.
When you stab and catch a fish using a stick with a spear on the end, this is an example of when you gaff the fish.
An antique gaff.
gaff definition by Webster's New World
- a large, strong hook on a pole, or a barbed spear, used in landing large fish
- a sharp metal spur fastened to the leg of a gamecock
- any of the steel points on a lineman's climbing iron
- a spar or pole extending from the after side of a mast and supporting a fore-and-aft sail
- U.S. Navy a similarly located spar on the mainmast, from which the ensign is flown when a ship is underway
- Slang any secret device for cheating
Origin: earlier in sense of “a fair”: ? because visitors were gaffed thereBrit., Slang a cheap theater, dance hall, etc.
Origin: Middle English gaffe ; from Old French ; from Old ProvenÃ§al gaf or Spanish gafa ; from Gothic gafah, a catch ; from ga-, intensive plush fahan, to catch, akin to fang
- to strike or land (a fish) with a gaff
- Chiefly Brit., Slang to cheat; hoax; trick
- Naut., Slang to rig with a gaff
Origin: probably altered ; from earlier gab, mockery ; from Middle English deceit: see gab
gaff definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A large iron hook attached to a pole or handle and used to land large fish.
- Nautical A spar attached to the mast and used to extend the upper edge of a fore-and-aft sail.
- 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.
- Slang A trick or gimmick, especially one used in a swindle or to rig a game.
- Slang Harshness of treatment; abuse.
- To hook or land (a fish) using a gaff.
- To equip (a gamecock) with a gaff.
- 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.
Origin: Middle English gaffe, from Old French, from Old Provençal gaf, from gafar, to seize, of Germanic origin; see kap- in Indo-European roots.
noun Chiefly British
- A public place of entertainment, especially a cheap or disreputable music hall or theater.
- Slang A house, building, or apartment, especially where one resides.
Origin: Origin unknown.
gaff - Phrases/Idioms
stand the gaffâ
blow the gaff