Gaffer definition

găfər
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A master glass blower.
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An electrician in charge of lighting on a movie or television set.
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(chiefly british) An old man or a rustic.
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(chiefly british) A boss or foreman.
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An old man, esp. one from the country.
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Chief electrician in charge of lighting on a TV or film set.
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(brit.) A foreman of a group of workers.
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(UK) A foreman.
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(film) A chief lighting technician for a motion-picture or television production.
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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)

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(colloquial) An old man.
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An "Old Gaffer" is a sailor.
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In Maritime regions "the Little Gaffer" is the baby in the house.
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
gaffer
Plural:
gaffers

Origin of gaffer

  • Probably alteration (influenced by grandfather) of godfather

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From Middle English gaffe (“a hook”) + -er. The natural lighting on early film sets was adjusted by opening and closing flaps in the tent cloths, called gaff cloths or gaff flaps.

    From Wiktionary

  • Likely a contraction of godfather, but with the vowels influenced by grandfather. Compare French compère, German gevatter.

    From Wiktionary