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[goh-er] /ˈgoʊ ər/
a person or thing that goes:
We sat in the lobby watching the comers and goers.
a person who attends frequently or habitually (usually used in combination):
churchgoer; moviegoer.
Origin of goer
Middle English word dating back to 1350-1400; See origin at go1, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • He thinks he's a comer when he's a goer—he can't see his idea is out of date.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • But the goer afoot must not be conceived as primarily an engine of muscle.

    Journeys to Bagdad

    Charles S. Brooks
  • So gentle in her paces; indeed, so safe a goer, that a child might ride her.

  • The witch is supposed to go about chiefly under cover of darkness, and hence is called snny edh, the night goer.

  • Now, Dinan gave just the same description as to his appearance—that he looked as if he wanted to go but he was not much of a goer.

    The Crime of the Century

    Henry M. Hunt
  • That horse is a goer, as we know, and we ought to be able to catch that man sooner or later.

    The Rover Boys on a Tour Arthur M. Winfield
  • San Francisco was the stopping-place of every comer and goer; the Egypt of the corn, the depot of supplies for the gold territory.

  • At the first entrance it is verie cold, but after a season it warmeth the goer in, casting him into an indifferent heat.

  • Kahle, "the goer," belies his name, for he loiters everywhere and always; yet I am not sorry.

    Summer Cruising in the South Seas Charles Warren Stoddard
  • I am too easy a goer, and there are too many rogues in the world, that I should ever make my own fortune, Johnson!

British Dictionary definitions for goer


  1. a person who attends something regularly
  2. (in combination): filmgoer
an energetic person
(informal) an acceptable or feasible idea, proposal, etc
(Austral & NZ, informal) a person trying to succeed
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Word Origin and History for goer

late 14c., "one who goes on foot, a walker," agent noun of go. From mid-13c. as a surname. Of a horse, especially of one that goes fast (1690s); hence transferred use, of persons, "one who lives loosely" (c.1810).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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