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]
Etymology 1From 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.)
- Rhymes: -æfə(r)
Etymology 2Probably from the French gramfer, grandfather, although possibly an alteration of godfather.
- An old man.
- A foreman.
Gaffer or Gaffa may refer to:
- Gaffer (boss), a British colloquial term for "boss" or "old man"
- Gaffer (motion picture industry), the head of the electrical department
- Gaffer tape, a type of adhesive tape
- Gaffer, Character in the Muppets
- Gaffa (band), a punk band
- GAFFA, a Danish music magazine
gaffer in German: Gaffer
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