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gaffer

[ gaf-er ]
/ ˈgæf ər /
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noun
the chief electrician on the set of a movie or television show.
Informal. an old man.
British Informal.
  1. a boss, supervisor, or manager.
  2. a foreman or overseer in charge of a group of physical laborers: a factory gaffer.
  3. the coach or manager of a sports team.
Glassmaking. a master glassblower responsible for shaping glassware.
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Origin of gaffer

First recorded in 1565–75; contraction of godfather
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British Dictionary definitions for gaffer

gaffer
/ (ˈɡæfə) /

noun
an old man, esp one living in the country: often used affectionately or patronizinglyCompare gammer
informal, mainly British a boss, foreman, or owner of a factory, mine, etc
the senior electrician on a television or film set

Word Origin for gaffer

C16: alteration of godfather
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