1. An old fellow; an aged rustic. "Go to each gaffer and each goody." (Fawkes)

Gaffer was originally a respectful title, now degenerated into a term of familiarity or contempt when addressed to an aged man in humble life.

2. A foreman or overseer of a gang of laborers.

Origin: Possibly contr. Fr. Godfather; but prob. Fr. Gramfer for grandfather. Cf. Gammer.

(01 Mar 1998)

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