Gaffle
Gaffle Gaf"fle, n. [Cf. AS. geafl fork, LG., D., Sw., & Dan. gaffel, G. gabel, W. gafl, Ir. & Gael. gabhal. Cf. {Gaff}.] 1. An artificial spur or gaff for gamecocks. [1913 Webster]

2. A lever to bend crossbows. [1913 Webster]


The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

Synonyms:
(for fighting cocks) /


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  • gaffle — /gaf euhl/, v., gaffled, gaffling. New England (chiefly Maine). v.t. 1. to take hold of; seize. v.i. 2. to take as one s own (used in the phrase gaffle on to): I m going to gaffle on to that last piece of pie. [1930 35; perh. b. GAFF1 and… …   Universalium

  • gaffle — 1. noun A steel spur attached to a gamecock 2. verb a) To seize b) To steal …   Wiktionary

  • gaffle — vb American 1. to confound, defeat, cheat. A term heard in black street slang in the 1990s, perhaps derived from the use of gaff in black slang to mean a swindler or crooked betting scheme. 2. to steal, take without permission. An expression used …   Contemporary slang

  • gaffle — n. 1. Artificial spur (for fighting cocks). 2. Cross bow lever …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • gaffle — noun ( s) Etymology: Middle English gaffolle, from Middle Dutch gaffel, gafel fork; akin to Old English gafol, geafel fork, Old High German gabala, Old Saxon gafala fork, Old Irish gabul forked branch, fork, vulva obsolete : a steel lever used to …   Useful english dictionary

  • Gaff — (g[a^]f), n. [OE. gaffe, F. gaffe an iron hook with which seamen pull great fishes into their ships; cf. Ir. gaf, gafa hook; perh. akin to G. gabel fork, Skr. gabhasti. Cf. {Gaffle}, {Gable}.] 1. A barbed spear or a hook with a handle, used by… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Bell gable — Gable Ga ble, n. [OE. gable, gabil, F. gable, fr. LL. gabalum front of a building, prob. of German or Scand. origin; cf. OHG. gibil, G. giebel gable, Icel. gafl, Goth. gibla pinnacle; perh. akin to Gr. ? head, and E. cephalic, or to G. gabel fork …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gable — Ga ble, n. [OE. gable, gabil, F. gable, fr. LL. gabalum front of a building, prob. of German or Scand. origin; cf. OHG. gibil, G. giebel gable, Icel. gafl, Goth. gibla pinnacle; perh. akin to Gr. ? head, and E. cephalic, or to G. gabel fork, AS.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gable roof — Gable Ga ble, n. [OE. gable, gabil, F. gable, fr. LL. gabalum front of a building, prob. of German or Scand. origin; cf. OHG. gibil, G. giebel gable, Icel. gafl, Goth. gibla pinnacle; perh. akin to Gr. ? head, and E. cephalic, or to G. gabel fork …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Gable wall — Gable Ga ble, n. [OE. gable, gabil, F. gable, fr. LL. gabalum front of a building, prob. of German or Scand. origin; cf. OHG. gibil, G. giebel gable, Icel. gafl, Goth. gibla pinnacle; perh. akin to Gr. ? head, and E. cephalic, or to G. gabel fork …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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