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Meaning of GAFF

Pronunciation:  gaf

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an iron hook with a handle; used for landing large fish
  2. [n]  a spar rising aft from a mast to support the head of a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail

GAFF is a 4 letter word that starts with G.


 See Also: fishing gear, fishing rig, fishing tackle, hook, rig, sailing ship, sailing vessel, spar, tackle



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \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}, 1. --Wright.
  2. \Gaff\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Gaffed}; p. pr. & vb. n.
    To strike with a gaff or barbed spear; to secure by means of
    a gaff; as, to gaff a salmon.