[syn: foreman, chief, gaffer, honcho, boss]
The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Gaffer \Gaf"fer\ (g[a^]f"f[~e]r), n. [Possibly contr. fr.
godfather; but prob. fr. gramfer for grandfather. Cf.
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.]
WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006):
n 1: an elderly man [syn: old-timer, oldtimer, gaffer,
old geezer, antique]
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, gaffer, honcho, boss]
Moby Thesaurus II by Grady Ward, 1.0:
68 Moby Thesaurus words for "gaffer":
Big Brother, Father Time, Methuselah, Nestor, Old Paar, auditor,
boatswain, boss, centenarian, chief, comptroller, controller,
dotard, duffer, elder, floor manager, floorman, floorwalker,
foreman, ganger, geezer, golden-ager, gramps, grandfather,
grandsire, graybeard, head, headman, inspector, monitor,
nonagenarian, noncommissioned officer, octogenarian, old boy,
old chap, old codger, old dog, old duffer, old geezer, old gent,
old gentleman, old man, old party, old-timer, older, oldster,
overman, overseer, pantaloon, patriarch, presbyter, proctor,
senior citizen, septuagenarian, sexagenarian, sirdar, slave driver,
straw boss, subforeman, super, superintendent, supervisor,
surveyor, taskmaster, the quiet-voiced elders, venerable sir,