gaffer

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From Middle English gaffe (a hook) + -er. The natural lighting on early film sets was adjusted by opening and closing flaps in the tent cloths, called gaff cloths or gaff flaps.

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gaffer (plural gaffers)

  1. (film) A chief lighting technician for a motion-picture or television production.
  2. A glassblower.
    • 2003, Jennifer Bosveld, Glass Works (page 18)
      The apprentice carries a gather of glass on the blowpipe to the gaffer's bench []
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Etymology 2[edit]

Likely a contraction of godfather, but with the vowels influenced by grandfather. Compare French compère, German Gevatter.

Noun[edit]

gaffer (plural gaffers)

  1. (colloquial) An old man.
  2. (UK) A foreman.
  3. An "Old Gaffer" is a sailor.
  4. In Maritime regions "the Little Gaffer" is the baby in the house.
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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

gaffe +‎ -er

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gaffer

  1. to make a gaffe; to mess up; botch up
  2. to gaffer tape

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gaffer

  1. (Jersey) to grasp

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gaffer

  1. Soft mutation of caffer.