[ gaf-er ]
/ ˈgæf ər /


the chief electrician on a motion-picture or television production.
Informal. an old man.
British. a foreman or overseer, especially the boss of a group of physical laborers.
Glassmaking. a master glassblower responsible for shaping glassware.


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Origin of gaffer

First recorded in 1565–75; contraction of godfather Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for gaffer

/ (ˈɡæfə) /


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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