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E. Cobham Brewer 1810–1897. Dictionary of Phrase and Fable. 1898.
Gaffer (g hard).
A title of address, as “Gaffer Grey,” “Good-day, Gaffer.” About equal to “mate.” (Anglo-Saxon, gefera, a comrade.) Many think the word is “grandfather.” (See GAMMER.)   1
“If I had but a thousand a year, Gaffer Green,
If I had but a thousand a year.”
Gaffer Green and Robin Rough.

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