Definitions for: Gaffer


[n] a person who exercises control over workers; "if you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman"
[n] an electrician responsible for lighting on a movie or tv set
[n] an elderly man



Webster (1913) Definition: Gaf"fer, n. [Possibly contr. fr. godfather; but prob.
fr. gramfer for grandfather. Cf. Gammer.]
1. An old fellow; an aged rustic.

Go to each gaffer and each goody. --Fawkes.

Note: Gaffer was originally a respectful title, now
degenerated into a term of familiarity or contempt when
addressed to an aged man in humble life.

2. A foreman or overseer of a gang of laborers. [Prov. Eng.]

Synonyms: antique, boss, chief, foreman, honcho, mossback, old geezer, oldtimer, old-timer

See Also: assistant foreman, baas, electrician, ganger, graybeard, greybeard, lineman, linesman, Methuselah, old man, straw boss, supervisor

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