1. A barbed spear or a hook with a handle, used by fishermen in securing heavy fish.
2. Naut. The spar upon which the upper edge of a fore-and-aft sail is extended.
3. Same as Gaffle, 1.
Gaff, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Gaffed p. pr. & vb. n. Gaffing.] To strike with a gaff or barbed spear; to secure by means of a gaff; as, to gaff a salmon.
n 1: a spar rising aft from a mast to support the head of a
quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail
2: an iron hook with a handle; used for landing large fish