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gaffer


  2  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Gaffer  \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.] 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  gaffer 
  n  1:  an  elderly  man  [syn:  {old-timer},  {mossback},  {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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