noun Etymology: alteration of godfather Date: 1589 1. an old man — compare gammer 2. British a. foreman, overseer b. employer 3. a head glassblower 4. a lighting electrician on a motion-picture or television set

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  • gaffer — ► NOUN Brit. 1) informal an old man. 2) informal a boss. 3) the chief electrician in a film or television production unit. ORIGIN probably a contraction of GODFATHER(Cf. ↑godfather) …   English terms dictionary

  • gaffer — [gaf′ər] n. [altered < GODFATHER] 1. an old man, esp. one from the country: now usually humorous: cf. GAMMER 2. a master glass blower ☆ 3. chief electrician in charge of lighting on a TV or film set 4. Brit. a foreman of a group of workers …   English World dictionary

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  • gaffer —    In modern times a British worker might say: ‘You’d better see the gaffer about that’, meaning that it is necessary to consult the boss. He might also, in a public house, ask where the gaffer is tonight, referring to the landlord. Such… …   A dictionary of epithets and terms of address

  • Gaffer — Pour une définition du mot « gaffer », voir l’article gaffer du Wiktionnaire. Gaffer (Gaffa) ruban adhésif Le gaffer e …   Wikipédia en Français

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