gaffer


gaffer

noun

  1. the chief electrician on a motion-picture or television production.
  2. Informal. an old man.
  3. British. a foreman or overseer, especially the boss of a group of physical laborers.
  4. Glassmaking. a master glassblower responsible for shaping glassware.

noun

  1. an old man, esp one living in the country: often used affectionately or patronizinglyCompare gammer
  2. informal, mainly British a boss, foreman, or owner of a factory, mine, etc
  3. the senior electrician on a television or film set
n.

1580s, “elderly rustic,” apparently a contraction of godfather (cf. gammer); originally “old man,” it was applied from 1841 to foremen and supervisors, which sense carried over 20c. to “electrician in charge of lighting on a film set.”

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