Gaffer

Gaf"fer

(gf"fr), n. [Possibly contr. fr. godfather; but prob. fr. gramfer for grandfather. Cf. Gammer.] 1. An old fellow; an aged rustic.
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Go to each gaffer and each goody.
Fawkes.
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Gaffer was originally a respectful title, now degenerated into a term of familiarity or contempt when addressed to an aged man in humble life.
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2. A foreman or overseer of a gang of laborers. [Prov. Eng.]
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