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Meaning of GAFFER

Pronunciation:  'gafur

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  a person who exercises control over workers; "if you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman"
  2. [n]  an electrician responsible for lighting on a movie or tv set
  3. [n]  an elderly man

GAFFER is a 6 letter word that starts with G.


 Synonyms: antique, boss, chief, foreman, honcho, mossback, old geezer, oldtimer, old-timer
 See Also: assistant foreman, baas, electrician, ganger, graybeard, greybeard, lineman, linesman, Methuselah, old man, straw boss, supervisor



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
\Gaf"fer\, n. [Possibly contr. fr. godfather; but prob.
fr. gramfer for grandfather. Cf. {Gammer}.]
1. An old fellow; an aged rustic.

         Go to each gaffer and each goody.     --Fawkes.

Note: Gaffer was originally a respectful title, now
      degenerated into a term of familiarity or contempt when
      addressed to an aged man in humble life.

2. A foreman or overseer of a gang of laborers. [Prov. Eng.]

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