- an old man, esp. one from the country: now usually humorous
- a master glass blower
- chief electrician in charge of lighting on a TV or film set
- Brit. a foreman of a group of workers
Origin of gafferaltered from godfather
- An electrician in charge of lighting on a movie or television set.
- Chiefly British An old man or a rustic.
- Chiefly British A boss or foreman.
Origin of gafferProbably alteration (influenced by grandfather )of godfather
- (film) A chief lighting technician for a motion-picture or television production.
- A glassblower.
- Glassblowing is a glassforming technique that involves inflating molten glass into a bubble, or parison, with the aid of a blowpipe, or blow tube. A person who blows glass is called a glassblower, glassmith, or gaffer. (2012 November)
- gaffer tape
- (colloquial) An old man.
- (UK) A foreman.
- An "Old Gaffer" is a sailor.
- In Maritime regions "the Little Gaffer" is the baby in the house.