What does the word luff mean?

Usage examples for luff

  1. So he issued his commands, which I breathlessly obeyed; till, all of a sudden, he cried: " Now, my hearty, luff!" – Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson
  2. " You shall not go back for them while I'm aboard this boat," said Miss Sackett, quietly, from her seat beside me, and she seized the tiller firmly to luff the craft. – Mr. Trunnell by T. Jenkins Hains
  3. Just as we passed under the stern of the brig, someone again hailed from her- Luff! – The Loss of the Royal George by W.H.G. Kingston