(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
(obsolete) A lever used to bend a crossbow
A steel spur attached to a gamecock
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.
*OED 2nd edition 1989 (noun sense)