I have been reading the cricket commentary today and came across an unfamiliar word: jaffer.

Anderson continues, surely figuring that someone is going to get Morkel out soon and it bloody well better be him. Bumper, then a jaffer. Morne still there though.

I looked up jaffer and found a definition in the Urban Dictionary:-

A professional gaffe or lapse in judgement by a well-known public figure ( especially a politician). A mistake of epic proportions.

But that doesn't seem to be what the commentator meant. So, does anyone know what a jaffer is, in the cricketing sense?

  • Is jaffer=gaffe a UKism? I've never heard the word. (I've never heard the cricket term either, but that's not surprising as I don't follow cricket. I do follow politics.)
    – Jay
    Aug 17, 2012 at 14:18
  • @Jay, I've never heard of it. Aug 17, 2012 at 14:25
  • Uhm.I don't exactly know the meaning, but Jaffer is a muslim name for a boy
    – user62467
    Jan 16, 2014 at 4:36

2 Answers 2


It's spelled Jaffa, as in Jaffa Oranges. A practically-unplayable delivery.


It's probably reverse humour, like calling a tall person "Shorty" — a delivery like a Jaffa is nothing like bowling an orange.

  • I found it spelled jaffer here, but what can I say? Tho I failed to comprehend it, it was a delightful read nonetheless: No ball from Siddle, but it was a jaffer, coming in on the angle then moving away off the pitch. There was this, too: He gets one off the last ball of the over, a lifter that he turns to midwicket. Is that 7-4 still available at Squilliam Shill? Let's all have a lump-on. Don't know what lump-on is but it could be fun.
    – J.R.
    Aug 17, 2012 at 12:00

In cricket terminology a Jaffa is

an exceptionally well bowled, practically unplayable delivery, usually but not always from a fast bowler. Taken from the idea that a 'Jaffa' is the best type of Orange.

(That's from Wikipedia)

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