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gofer

or go-fer, go·pher

[goh-fer]
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noun Slang.
  1. an employee whose chief duty is running errands.

Origin of gofer

1965–70; respelling of go for (verb phrase), with -er representing both vowel reduction in for and -er1
Can be confusedgofer gopher
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gofer

noun
  1. slang, mainly US and Canadian an employee or assistant whose duties include menial tasks such as running errands

Word Origin

C20: originally US: alteration of go for
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Word Origin and History for gofer

n.

"errand-runner," 1956, American English coinage from go for (coffee, spare parts, etc.), with a pun on gopher.

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