• WordNet 3.6
    • n gaffe a socially awkward or tactless act
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In literature:

It was a lug-foresail, with a gaff, but no boom.
"Four Young Explorers" by Oliver Optic
No Newfoundlander would adventure on the ice without a gaff.
"Harbor Tales Down North" by Norman Duncan
The sun was just rising upon the stripes of the Union streaming from her gaff.
"A History of Art for Beginners and Students: Painting, Sculpture, Architecture" by Clara Erskine Clement
At length he saw a flag whip from the spanker gaff.
"Blackbeard: Buccaneer" by Ralph D. Paine
Without advice from any one, Skookie now ran out into the grass and found his long salmon gaff.
"The Young Alaskans" by Emerson Hough
It was flopping about like a dead fish on a gaff.
"Isle o' Dreams" by Frederick F. Moore
Those which are attached to the gaff for trussing up the sail close to the gaff as well as the mast.
"The Sailor's Word-Book" by William Henry Smyth
The management of the landing-net or gaff is another serious matter.
"Scotch Loch-Fishing" by AKA Black Palmer, William Senior
Then came John Proudfoot's silver and black, and straightway steel gaffs were affixed to the spurs.
"A Son of Hagar" by Sir Hall Caine
Giff gaff maks gude friends.
"The Proverbs of Scotland" by Alexander Hislop

In poetry:

When Roben cam to Netynggam,
The soyt yef y scholde saye,
He set op hes horse anon,
And gaffe hem hotys and haye.
"Robin Hood And The Potter" by Andrew Lang
With his own hand fearless,
Steered he the Long Serpent,
Strained the creaking cordage,
Bent each boom and gaff;
"Tales Of A Wayside Inn : Part 1. The Musician's Tale; The Saga of King Olaf XVI. -- Queen Thuri And " by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
"Oh, boatswain, down in the for'ard hold
What water do you find?"
"Four foot and a half by the royal gaff
And rather more behind!"
"A Sailor's Yarn" by James Jeffrey Roche
With that sche toke op a lowde lawhyng,
And swhar be hem that deyed on tre,
"Now haffe yow payed for all the pottys
That Roben gaffe to me.
"Robin Hood And The Potter" by Andrew Lang

In news:

Some analysts say the Texas governor's talking-point gaffe effectively killed his campaign.
Gaffe by Brown Flack Won't Go Away.
It's also had its share of ridiculous gaffes and absurd attacks.
Is it me, or does the audience seem to pick up on the gaffe.
Despite his occasional gaffes, early doubts about Vice President Joe Biden's alliance with President Obama have vanished.
PSY's gaffes likely to be forgotten .
Justin Bieber homecoming marred by fashion gaffe , Grey Cup boos.
Union VP merits boot for his gaffe .
Despite gaffe , Perry says his campaign not over.
Akin gaffe could widen the GOP gender gap.
Brown Blames Jogging Stranger for Nazi Gaffe .
Obama's costly unnoticed gaffe .
Obama's great gaffe slips through.
The man who inspired Obama's gun-clingers gaffe .
GOP vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan said Sunday he's not counting on gaffes from Vice President Joe Biden when they debate on Oct 11.