gaffer

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English[edit]

Etymology 1[edit]

From gaff (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.
    • 1845, Thomas Cooper, The Purgatory of Suicides, Book the Fourth, Stanza IX:
      If thou return not, Gammer o'er her pail
      Will sing in sorrow, 'neath the brinded cow,
      And Gaffer sigh over his nut-brown ale []
  2. (Britain) A foreman.
  3. A sailor.
  4. (in Maritime regions) The baby in the house.
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French[edit]

Etymology[edit]

gaffe +‎ -er

Verb[edit]

gaffer

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

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Norman[edit]

Etymology[edit]

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  • (file)

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gaffer

  1. (Jersey) to grasp

Welsh[edit]

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gaffer

  1. Soft mutation of caffer.

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Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
caffer gaffer nghaffer chaffer
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.