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GAFFER

 Dictionary entry overview: What does gaffer mean? 

GAFFER (noun)
  The noun GAFFER has 3 senses:

1. an elderly man
2. an electrician responsible for lighting on a movie or tv set
3. a person who exercises control over workers

  Familiarity information: GAFFER used as a noun is uncommon.


 Dictionary entry details 


GAFFER (noun)


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Meaning:

An elderly man

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

antique; gaffer; old geezer; old-timer; oldtimer

Hypernyms ("gaffer" is a kind of...):

graybeard; greybeard; Methuselah; old man (a man who is very old)


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Meaning:

An electrician responsible for lighting on a movie or tv set

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Hypernyms ("gaffer" is a kind of...):

electrician; lineman; linesman (a person who installs or repairs electrical or telephone lines)


Sense 3gaffer [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A person who exercises control over workers

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

boss; foreman; honcho; chief; gaffer

Context example:

if you want to leave early you have to ask the foreman

Hypernyms ("gaffer" is a kind of...):

supervisor (one who supervises or has charge and direction of)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "gaffer"):

baas (South African term for 'boss')

ganger (the foreman of a work gang)

assistant foreman; straw boss (a member of a work gang who supervises the other workers)


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