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This page is about the slang term gaffer

British English


the manager, the boss

For example

  • All the Manchester United players said they owed their success to the gaffer and the rest of the coaching staff.

  • Eh, Bobby! The gaffer wants to see you. And you'd better watch out coz he don't look too happy, neither!

usually used with the definite article "the"


This is typically used in British English but may be used in other varieties of English too.

Quick Quiz

In English Premier League football, the gaffers are the guys who

a. treat the injured players

b. manage the teams

c. referee the games
a) treat the injured players b) manage the teams c) referee the games

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Contributor: Matt Errey