He had dragged the chain these fifty years, he would not wear it another hour; to-morrow his son should be the "gaffer."
That's the only thing you seem to have brought with you from gaffer Quelch's.
gaffer; an old English word, but with a peculiar application in Ireland, where it means a boy, a young chap.
D' ye know what the diggins the squire did it for, gaffer Solomons?
What did “she” mean by talking of “gaffer,” in that strange way?
D'ye know what the diggins the Squire did it for, gaffer Solomons?
Who would think of coming to gaffer Patience to look for this fine child of noble blood?
Now tell me, gaffer, can one see as far as America, do you think?
One gaffer in work-day clothes, not unpicturesque of form and hue.
gaffer shoemaker, you pulled on my wifes pumps, and then crept into her pantofles: lie there, lie there!
[fr British dialect, ''grandfather, godfather''; the dated meaning of the first sense is actually ''master, governor,'' often synonyms of ''father'']