- gaff sail,
- gaff topsail,
- gaff-topsail catfish,
- gaffer tape,
Origin of gaffe
Examples from the Web for gaffe
Christopher Dickey joins CNN International to discuss Biden's Erdogan gaffe and how it will affect Turkey's role in fighting ISIS.Biden's Misstep Has Implications For Turkish Policy|Christopher Dickey|October 6, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The moment seems to be a familiar breed of Internet gaffe when a eager but inept social media staffer makes a blunder.RNC Chair Tweets Picture Of Maryland's Democratic Governor|Ben Jacobs|May 31, 2014|DAILY BEAST
“I may not have been the clearest in my statements, obviously,” she said of her “busy” gaffe.
It's not an insult to farmers (though could be construed as one to Grassley); it's just a gaffe.
Clearly, Menzel isn't wasting time complaining about Travolta's gaffe.John Travolta and the Birth of the Adele Dazeem Phenomenon|Amy Zimmerman|March 5, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Think what his position would have been if any member of his Embassy had made a "gaffe."Letters of a Diplomat's Wife|Mary King Waddington
She has been so charming to me that if I make a gaffe she must forgive me.Sylvia & Michael|Compton Mackenzie
Word Origin for gaffe
"blunder," 1909, perhaps from French gaffe "clumsy remark," originally "boat hook," from Middle French gaffe (15c.), from Old Provençal gaf, probably from a Germanic source, from Proto-Germanic *gafa. Sense connection is obscure; the gaff was used to land big fish. Or it may derive from British slang gaff "to cheat, trick" (1893); or gaff "criticism" (1896), from Scottish dialect sense of "loud, rude talk" (see gaff (n.2)).