AskDefine | Define gaffer

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1 an elderly man [syn: old-timer, oldtimer, old geezer, antique]
2 an electrician responsible for lighting on a movie or tv set
3 a person who exercises control over workers; "if you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman" [syn: foreman, chief, honcho, boss]

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Etymology 1

From Middle English gaffe, a hook. (The lighting of early films, which used natural light, was adjusted by tent cloths adjusted by stagehands using long poles, called gaffes.)



  1. In the context of "Filmology": : A lighting electrician for a motion-picture or television production.
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Etymology 2

Probably from the French gramfer, grandfather, although possibly an alteration of godfather.


  1. An old man.
  2. A foreman.
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Extensive Definition

Gaffer or Gaffa may refer to:
gaffer in German: Gaffer

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

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