gaff headed sail

gaff sail

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

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

"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
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