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Definition of gaff:

  1. A barbed spear or a hook with a handle, used by fishermen in securing heavy fish.
  2. Same as Gaffle, 1.
  3. The spar upon which the upper edge of a fore- and- aft sail is extended.
  4. To strike with a gaff or barbed spear; to secure by means of a gaff; as, to gaff a salmon.


gaffe, faux pas, clinker, barb, fault, lapse, brick, indiscretion, slip, solecism, screwup, cockpit, goof, fishing line, inaccuracy, miscue, boob, boo-boo, flub, trip, bait, fluff, slipup, drifter, misstep, fishing rod, creel, decoy, dragnet, familiarity, mistake, drift net, stumble, oversight, bobble, clanger, fumble, blunder.

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