gaffer

[gaf-er]
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.

Origin:
1565–75; contraction of godfather

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gaffer (ˈɡæfə)
 
n
1.  Compare gammer an old man, esp one living in the country: often used affectionately or patronizingly
2.  informal chiefly (Brit) a boss, foreman, or owner of a factory, mine, etc
3.  the senior electrician on a television or film set
 
[C16: alteration of godfather]

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gaffer
1589, "elderly rustic," apparently a contraction of godfather; 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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Example sentences
They'll use a stick for a bat, and make a ball from a roll of gaffer tape.
Gaffer's tape is an essential photographic accessory.
Use gaffer tape, point the mic and voila, you have a home studio.
All floor cables must be taped down with cloth gaffer's tape.
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