Definition of gaffer noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈɡæfə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈɡæfər//
    Film people
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  1. 1(British English, informal) a person who is in charge of a group of people, for example, workers in a factory, a sports team, etc. synonym boss The gaffer told us we’re a good team.
  2. 2the person who is in charge of the electrical work and the lights when a film/movie or television programme is being made See related entries: Film people
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent. (originally meaning an old man): probably a contraction of godfather.
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