A gaffer is a member of a movie or television crew. The gaffer runs the production's electrical department.

One of the jobs credited at the end of a film is the gaffer. A gaffer is responsible for the electricity that powers the lights, so her job is vital to the success of the movie. You can also call a gaffer a Chief Lighting Technician, and you can call her assistant a Best Boy. The word gaffer is also sometimes used to mean "old man," which is the oldest meaning of the word, originally a contraction of godfather.

Definitions of gaffer
  1. noun
    an electrician responsible for lighting on a movie or tv set
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    type of:
    electrician, lineman, linesman
    a person who installs or repairs electrical or telephone lines
  2. noun
    an elderly man
    synonyms: antique, old geezer, old-timer, oldtimer
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    type of:
    Methuselah, graybeard, greybeard, old man
    a man who is very old
  3. noun
    a person who exercises control over workers
    synonyms: boss, chief, foreman, honcho
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    South African term for `boss'
    the foreman of a work gang
    assistant foreman, straw boss
    a member of a work gang who supervises the other workers
    type of:
    one who supervises or has charge and direction of
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