gaff headed sail

gaff sail

noun Nautical.
See under gaff1 ( def 3 ).
Also called gaff-headed sail [gaf-hed-id] .
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2014.
Cite This Source Link To gaff headed sail
Etymonline
Word Origin & History

gaff
"iron hook," 1725, gaffe, from Fr. gaffe "boat hook" (see gaffe). Specifically of the hook on a fishing spear from 1650s.

gaff
"loud, rude talk," 1825, from Scottish dialect, perhaps a survival of O.E. gafspraec "blasphemous or ribald speech," or from gaff (1), and cf. gaffe.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
Cite This Source
Copyright © 2014 Dictionary.com, LLC. All rights reserved.
  • Please Login or Sign Up to use the Recent Searches feature