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Gaffer vs Graffer - What's the difference?

gaffer | graffer |

As nouns the difference between gaffer and graffer

is that gaffer is a chief lighting technician for a motion-picture or television production while graffer is a graffiti artist.

gaffer

English

Etymology 1

From (etyl) + (-er). The natural lighting on early film sets was adjusted by opening and closing flaps in the tent cloths, called gaff cloths or gaff flaps.

Noun

(en noun)
  • (film) A chief lighting technician for a motion-picture or television production.
  • A glassblower.
  • * 2003 , Jennifer Bosveld, Glass Works (page 18)
  • The apprentice carries a gather of glass on the blowpipe to the gaffer' s bench

    Etymology 2

    Likely a contraction of (godfather), but with the vowels influenced by (grandfather). Compare (etyl) , (etyl) gevatter.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (colloquial) An old man.
  • (British) A foreman.
  • An "Old Gaffer" is a sailor.
  • In Maritime regions "the Little Gaffer" is the baby in the house.
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    graffer

    English

    Etymology 1

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (informal) A graffiti artist.
  • * 2007 , Christine Dew, Uncommissioned art: an A-Z of Australian graffiti
  • A wall in neighbouring Clifton Hill is also very chatty, but the messages are the tags, pieces and throw-ups of subway-style graffiti writers, whose conversation is directed to other graffers rather than the general public (above).

    Etymology 2

    Compare greffier.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (legal, obsolete) A notary or scrivener.
  • (Bouvier)
    (Webster 1913)