- IPA: /ɡæf/
- 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!"
- A minor error or faux pas, a gaffe.
- We politely ignored his gaff.
- A trick or con.
- The sideshow feat was 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.
- (informal, uncountable) Clipping of gaffer tape#English|gaffer tape.
- She bought a roll of black gaff to tape down the loose cords.
gaff (gaffs, present participle gaffing; past and past participle gaffed)
- To use a gaff, especially to land a fish.
- To cheat or hoax.
- (slang) To gamble.
- (informal) To affix or cover with gaffer tape.
gaff (plural gaffs)
- (British, especially, Manchester and Cockney, Irish, slang) A place of residence.
- We're going round to Mike's gaff later to watch the footie.