Part of speech: verb

To steer closer to the wind.

Part of speech: noun

The act of sailing close to the wind; the rounded part of a vessel's bow.

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Usage examples "luff":

  1. So he issued his commands, which I breathlessly obeyed; till, all of a sudden, he cried: " Now, my hearty, luff!" - "Treasure Island", 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", 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", W.H.G. Kingston.