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Definition of "gaff" []

  • A large iron hook attached to a pole or handle and used to land large fish. (noun)
  • Nautical A spar attached to the mast and used to extend the upper edge of a fore-and-aft sail. (noun)
  • A sharp metal spur or spike fastened to the leg of a gamecock. (noun)
  • A climbing hook used by telephone and electric line workers. (noun)
  • Slang A trick or gimmick, especially one used in a swindle or to rig a game. (noun)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "gaff" in a sentence
  • "So this gaff is all the reporters fault for being insecure?"
  • "And surprisingly, there are many situations when a gaff is a better tool than a landing net for releasing fish."
  • "It will be interesting to see if this proves, once again, the truth of the old saying that in Washington, D.C. the definition of a "gaff" is slipping up and telling the truth."