/ ləf/ chiefly Sailing
the edge of a fore-and-aft sail next to the mast or stay.
steer (a sailing vessel) nearer the wind to the point at which the sails just begin to flap:
I came aft and luffed her for the open sea.
obstruct (an opponent in yacht racing) by sailing closer to the wind.
raise or lower (the jib of a crane or derrick).
†contrivance for altering a ship's course XIII (often in phr. wend
or turn the luff
); †weather side of a ship XIV; side of a sail next to the mast XVI; broadest part of a ship's bow XVII. — OF. lof
, prob. of LG. or Du. orig.
vb. bring nearer to the wind. XIV (love
). perh. immed. — Du. loeven
, buff, chough, chuff, cuff, duff, enough, fluff, gruff, guff, huff, luff, muff, puff, rough, ruff, scruff, scuff, slough, snuff, stuff, Tough, tuff
•handcuff • earmuff • powder puff
•dandruff • woodruff • feedstuff
•greenstuff • foodstuff