1. An old fellow; an aged rustic.
Go to each gaffer and each goody. --Fawkes.
Note: ☞ 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. [Prov. Eng.]
n 1: an elderly man [syn: old-timer, oldtimer, old geezer,
2: an electrician responsible for lighting on a movie or tv set
3: a person who exercises control over workers; "if you want to
leave early you have to ask the foreman" [syn: foreman,
chief, honcho, boss]