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noun Nautical.
Also called fore-and-aft topsail. a jib-headed fore-and-aft sail set above a gaff.
a quadrilateral fore-and-aft sail set above the spanker of a bark, between the gaff of the spanker and an upper gaff.
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Origin of gaff topsail

First recorded in 1785–95

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gaff-topsail

noun
a sail set above a gaffsail
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