Captain Barker stood by the taffrail with one eye upon the galley and his face turned in profile to his friend.
With the idea of gaining time she walked rapidly aft to the taffrail.
She leaned against the taffrail, enjoying the cool breeze after hours of sultry heat.
The corsair was standing by the side of Mr Tompkins, close by the taffrail.
Then he cautiously moved to the taffrail, and with a single toss flung Mike Murphy clear of the launch.
There he lay like a log, as dumb as the man whom he had left clinging to the taffrail.
Astern towed a dingy; from the taffrail flew the American flag.
Then he stepped to the taffrail and looked down at the gig, which had been passed astern.
They first appeared streaming out of the cabin windows, curling upwards round the taffrail.
A small neat moulding at the foot of the taffrail over the light.
1814, alteration of tafferel "upper panel on the stern of a ship (often ornamented)" (1704), earlier, "a carved panel" (1620s), from Dutch tafereel "panel for painting or carving," dissimulation from *tafeleel, diminutive of tafel "table," from the general West Germanic borrowing of Latin tabula "slab, board" (see table (n.)). The word developed in Dutch from the custom of ornamenting the high, flat stern of old sailing ships; spelling and sense altered in English by influence of rail (n.).