See under 1 (def 3).
an iron hook with a handle for landing large fish.
the spur on a climbing iron, especially as used by telephone linemen.
Nautical. a spar rising aft from a mast to support the head of a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail (gaff sail)
a metal spur for a gamecock.
verb (used with object)
to hook or land (a fish) with a gaff.
(angling) a stiff pole with a stout prong or hook attached for landing large fish
(nautical) a boom hoisted aft of a mast to support a gaffsail
a metal spur fixed to the leg of a gamecock
(angling) to hook or land (a fish) with a gaff
(slang) to cheat; hoax
(slang) foolish talk; nonsense
(Brit, slang) blow the gaff, to divulge a secret
(slang, mainly US & Canadian) stand the gaff, to endure ridicule, difficulties, etc
noun (Brit, slang, archaic)
a person’s home, esp a flat
Also called penny-gaff. a cheap or low-class place of entertainment, esp a cheap theatre or music hall in Victorian England
“iron hook,” c.1300, gaffe, from Old French gaffe “boat hook” (see gaffe). Specifically of the hook on a fishing spear from 1650s.
“loud, rude talk,” 1825, from Scottish dialect, perhaps a survival of Old English gafspræc “blasphemous or ribald speech,” or from gaff (n.1), and cf. gaffe.
“cheap music hall or theater; place of amusement for the lowest classes,” 1850s, British slang, earlier “a fair” (1753), of unknown origin.
A concealed device or operation that makes it impossible for the customer to win; gimmick: People started looking for a gaff (1893+ Carnival & hawkers)
blow the gaff, stand the gaff
[fr gaff, ”a hook”]
see: stand the gaff
noun, Nautical. 1. Also called fore-and-aft topsail. a jib-headed fore-and-aft sail set above a gaff. 2. a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail set above the spanker of a bark, between the gaff of the spanker and an upper gaff. noun 1. a sail set above a gaffsail
[gag] /gæg/ verb (used with object), gagged, gagging. 1. to stop up the mouth of (a person) by putting something in it, thus preventing speech, shouts, etc. 2. to restrain by force or authority from freedom of speech; silence. 3. to fasten open the jaws of, as in surgical operations. 4. to cause to retch […]
[gah-gah] /ˈgɑˌgɑ/ adjective, Informal. 1. excessively and foolishly enthusiastic: The public went gaga over the new fashions. 2. ardently fond; infatuated: He’s gaga over the new girl in class. 3. demented; crazy; dotty. /ˈɡɑːɡɑː/ adjective (informal) 1. senile; doting 2. slightly crazy adj. “crazy, silly,” 1920, probably from French gaga “senile, foolish,” probably imitative of […]
[gah-gah-koo] /gɑˈgɑ ku/ noun 1. the select group of Japanese men who, as both dancers and musicians, perform the bugaku. 2. the style of music played to accompany the bugaku.