Definition of gaffer in English:


Line breaks: gaf¦fer
Pronunciation: /ˈgafə


  • 2The chief electrician in a film or television production unit.
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    • It took five minutes for the names of all the actors, producers, editors, gaffers, grips, best boys, dialect coaches, wig makers and steelworkers to crawl by.
    • It was very tough, we were the crew, the grips, the gaffers, the directors, Rob and I were two of the actors, we did the costumes, the make-up FX, everything.
    • They are great as a unit so although the gaffer won't be there he will be, if you know what I mean.


late 16th century (in sense 3): probably a contraction of godfather; compare with gammer.

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