Pronunciation Noun


  1. A tool consisting of a large metal hook with a handle or pole, especially the one used to pull large fish aboard a boat.
    Synonyms: hakapik
    • 1997, Mark Kurlansky, Cod: a Biography of the Fish That Changed the World:
      When Leonard finally hauls up a cod of seventy-five centimeters, probably seven years old, a typical catch ten years ago, they all joke, "Oh my God, get the gaff!"
  2. A minor error or faux pas, a gaffe.
    We politely ignored his gaff.
  3. A trick or con.
    The sideshow feat was just a gaff, but the audience was too proud to admit they'd been fooled.
  4. (nautical) The upper spar used to control a gaff-rigged sail.
  5. A garment worn to hide the genitals.
  6. (informal, uncountable) Clipping of gaffer tape#English|gaffer tape.
    She bought a roll of black gaff to tape down the loose cords.
  • German: Fischhaken
  • Italian: uncino, fiocina, crocco
  • Russian: баго́р

gaff (gaffs, present participle gaffing; past and past participle gaffed)

  1. To use a gaff, especially to land a fish.
  2. To cheat or hoax.
  3. (slang) To gamble.
  4. (informal) To affix or cover with gaffer tape.


  1. Rough or harsh treatment; criticism.
  2. (dated) An outcry; nonsense.

gaff (plural gaffs)

  1. (British, especially, Manchester and Cockney, Irish, slang) A place of residence.
    We're going round to Mike's gaff later to watch the footie.

Proper noun
  1. Surname

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