Gaffed vs Gaffes - What's the difference?
As verbs the difference between gaffed and gaffes
is that gaffed
) while gaffes
(etyl), from (etyl) (m), from (etyl) .
A tool consisting of a large metal hook with a handle or pole, especially the one used to pull large fish aboard a boat.
A minor error or faux pas.
A trick or con.
- We politely ignored his gaff .
(British, Irish, slang) A place of residence.
- The sideshow feat was a just a gaff , but the audience was too proud to admit they'd been fooled.
(nautical) The upper spar used to control a gaff-rigged sail.
A garment worn to hide the genitals by some trans people.
- We're going round to Mike's gaff later to watch the footie.
To use a gaff, especially to land a fish.
To cheat or hoax
Perhaps from (etyl)
rough or harsh treatment; criticism
, author=Edgar Rice Burrows
, title=Beyond Thirty (aka The Lost Continent)
, publisher=The Gutenberg Project
, passage="Numbers one, two, and five engines have broken down, sir," he called. "Shall we force the remaining three?" / "We can do nothing else," I bellowed into the transmitter. / "They won't stand the gaff', sir," he returned. / "Can you suggest a better plan?" I asked. / "No, sir," he replied. / "Then give them the ' gaff
, lieutenant," I shouted back, and hung up the receiver.
* Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia, gaff
* New Oxford American Dictionary, gaff