1275-1325;Middle English < Middle Frenchgaffe, gaff < Provençalgaf hook, gaff, noun derivative of gafar to seize (compare Medieval Latingaffare), probably < Germanic (Visigothic) *gaff-, perhaps derivative from base of Gothicgibangive
harsh treatment or criticism:
All the gaff he took never made him bitter.
stand / take the gaff, Slang. to weather hardship or strain; endure patiently.
1895-1900, Americanism; compare earlier British use: nonsense, humbug, Scots dial.: loud laugh, guffaw; of uncertain origin; cf. guff
verb (used with object)
Slang. to cheat; fleece.
verb (used without object)
British Slang. to gamble, especially to indulge in petty gambling, as to toss coins.