n. Chiefly British
An elderly woman.

[Probably alteration (influenced by grandmother) of godmother.]
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rare chiefly Brit a dialect word for an old woman: now chiefly humorous or contemptuous. Compare gaffer1
[C16: probably alteration of godmother or grandmother]
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(ˈgæm ər)

n. Archaic.
an old woman.
[1565–75; contraction of godmother; compare gaffer]
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SWEET PRIZE: Chilly Jenkins (left) picks up his prize from Scott Gammer (right) and the show's sponsor
WELSHMAN Scott Gammer has retired in the wake of his defeat to John McDermott in Sheffield on Saturday night.
After ignoring a chorus of critics predicting his retirement from the ring in the wake of his first pro defeat to Danny Williams to concentrate on his new plastering business, Gammer's first fight on the road to redemption has been plagued by problems.