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Haffle vs Gaffle - What's the difference?

haffle | gaffle |

As verbs the difference between haffle and gaffle

is that haffle is (uk|dialect) to stammer; to speak unintelligibly; to prevaricate while gaffle is to seize.

As a noun gaffle is

(obsolete) a lever used to bend a crossbow.




  • (UK, dialect) To stammer; to speak unintelligibly; to prevaricate.
  • (Halliwell)
    (Webster 1913)




    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A lever used to bend a crossbow
  • A steel spur attached to a gamecock
  • Verb

  • To seize
  • To steal
  • Gaffling is a planning technique for orienteering relay courses whereby individual routes are planned so as to vary slightly and to make following difficult. This means that the competition depends more on navigational skills rather than just physical ability. See British Orienteering Federation's Event Guideline F for Relay Events, Section 3.
  • To talk incessantly without a purpose, usually about inane or pointless topics; to banter.
  • References

    *OED 2nd edition 1989 (noun sense)