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The edge of a fore-and-aft sail next to the mast or stay.‘if your luff is flapping, pull the sail toward you to fill it with wind’
- ‘Nonchalant references to booms and jibs and kites and cleats and luffs and lees and heeling and tacking and pointing high can leave the nautical ingénue helpless in a riptide of argot.’
intransitive verb[no object]
1Steer a yacht nearer the wind.‘all you need to do is luff up, head to wind’
- 1.1with object Obstruct (an opponent in yacht racing) by sailing closer to the wind.‘he can luff you, but must leave you room to get clear’
- 1.1with object Obstruct (an opponent in yacht racing) by sailing closer to the wind.
Middle English from Old French lof, probably from Low German.
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