Definition of luff in English:

luff

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noun

  • 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.’

Pronunciation

luff

/ləf/

intransitive verb

[no object]
  • 1Steer a yacht nearer the wind.

    • ‘all you need to do is luff up, head to wind’
    1. 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’

Pronunciation

luff

/ləf/

Origin

Middle English from Old French lof, probably from Low German.