gaffer

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.

Primary Meanings of gaffer

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

n an electrician responsible for lighting on a movie or tv set

Type of:
electrician, lineman, linesman
a person who installs or repairs electrical or telephone lines
2

n an elderly man

Synonyms:
antique, old geezer, old-timer, oldtimer
Type of:
Methuselah, graybeard, greybeard, old man
a man who is very old
3

n a person who exercises control over workers

Synonyms:
boss, chief, foreman, honcho
Types:
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
Type of:
supervisor
one who supervises or has charge and direction of

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