What does the word gaff mean?

Usage examples for gaff

  1. Instantly the sail came down with a rush, the gaff striking the boom with a bang. – Jess of the Rebel Trail by H. A. Cody
  2. The British merchant flag was flying at her mizzen- gaff, with the ensign down. – The Boy With the U. S. Life-Savers by Francis Rolt-Wheeler
  3. But like all so- called ladders, they could not stand the gaff. – Watch Yourself Go By by Al. G. Field