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gaf·fer

 (găf′ər)
n.
1. An electrician in charge of lighting on a movie or television set.
2. Chiefly British An old man or a rustic.
3. Chiefly British A boss or foreman.

[Probably alteration (influenced by grandfather) of godfather.]

gaffer

(ˈɡæfə)
n
1. an old man, esp one living in the country: often used affectionately or patronizingly. Compare gammer
2. informal chiefly Brit a boss, foreman, or owner of a factory, mine, etc
3. (Film) the senior electrician on a television or film set
[C16: alteration of godfather]

gaf•fer

(ˈgæf ər)

n.
1. the chief electrician on a motion-picture or television production.
2. Informal. an old man.
3. Brit. the foreman or overseer of a group of workers.
[1565–75; contraction of godfather]

gaffer

- In television and film, the senior electrician.
See also related terms for television.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.gaffer - an elderly mangaffer - an elderly man      
graybeard, greybeard, old man, Methuselah - a man who is very old
2.gaffer - an electrician responsible for lighting on a movie or tv set
electrician, linesman, lineman - a person who installs or repairs electrical or telephone lines
3.gaffer - a person who exercises control over workersgaffer - a person who exercises control over workers; "if you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman"
baas - South African term for `boss'
ganger - the foreman of a work gang
assistant foreman, straw boss - a member of a work gang who supervises the other workers
supervisor - one who supervises or has charge and direction of
Translations

gaffer

[ˈgæfəʳ] N
1. (= old man) → vejete m
2. (Brit) (= foreman) → capataz m; (= boss) → jefe m
3. (Cine, TV) → iluminista mf

gaffer

[ˈgæfər] n (British) (= boss) → patron mgaffer tape n (= adhesive tape) → gaffeur m (ruban adhésif toilé)

gaffer

n (Brit inf)
(= foreman)Vorarbeiter m, → Vormann m; (= boss)Chef m, → Boss m (inf), → Alte(r) m(f) (inf)
(= old man)Alte(r) m, → Opa m (inf)

gaffer

[ˈgæfəʳ] n (Brit) (fam) → capo
References in classic literature ?
I thought it might be some gaffer sent by Gover'ment.
A romp in the drawing-room and never mind the furniture, or a scamper in the fresh, cool air, a scud across the fields and down the hill, and won't we let old Gaffer Goggles' geese know what time o' day it is, neither
Ne'er buy a horse, good friend, without first looking into its mouth,' as our good gaffer Swanthold says.
If your cask is leer, I warrant your purse is full, gaffer," shouted Hordle John.
Light, however, was thrown upon this when a frightened housemaid brought the news that Gaffer Bedshaw had that very morning, not more than an hour back, gone violently insane, and was strapped down at home, in the huntsman's lodge, where he raved of a battle with a ferocious and gigantic beast that he had encountered in the Tichlorne pasture.
I shouted for help, and Gaffer Bedshaw came running into the court.
At her own home, both at Southdown and at Trottermore Castle, this tall and awful missionary of the truth rode about the country in her barouche with outriders, launched packets of tracts among the cottagers and tenants, and would order Gaffer Jones to be converted, as she would order Goody Hicks to take a James's powder, without appeal, resistance, or benefit of clergy.
I says to myself,' he went on, 'directly you hove in view, yonder's Gaffer, and in luck again, by George if he ain't
Since when was you no pardner of mine, Gaffer Hexam Esquire?