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gaffer (n.)

1580s, "elderly rustic," apparently (based on continental analogies) a contraction of godfather (compare gammer). Originally a term of respect, also applied familiarly; from "old man" it was extended by 1841 to foremen and supervisors, which sense carried over in early 20c. to "electrician in charge of lighting on a film set."

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Definitions of gaffer

gaffer (n.)
an elderly man;
Synonyms: old-timer / oldtimer / old geezer / antique
gaffer (n.)
an electrician responsible for lighting on a movie or tv set;
gaffer (n.)
a person who exercises control over workers;
Synonyms: foreman / chief / honcho / boss
From wordnet.princeton.edu

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