- an ornamental plaiting used for frills and borders, as on women's caps.
- to flute (a frill, ruffle, etc.), as with a heated iron.
Also gauf·fer [gaw-fer, gof-er] /ˈgɔ fər, ˈgɒf ər/.
Origin of goffer
1700–10; < French gaufre waffle < Middle Dutch wāfel waffle1
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Examples from the Web for goffer
Hence our verb to goffer, to give a cellular appearance to a frill.The Romance of Words (4th ed.)
Dr. Fellowes had the kindness to give me a goffer (a large field-mouse), undoubtedly Diplostoma bulbivorum.
A new mortification for poor Cinderella, for it was she who had to iron her sisters' fine linen, and goffer their ruffles.Tales of Passed Times
- to press pleats into (a frill)
- to decorate (the gilt edges of a book) with a repeating pattern
- an ornamental frill made by pressing pleats
- the decoration formed by goffering books
- the iron or tool used in making goffers
C18: from French gaufrer to impress a pattern, from gaufre, from Middle Low German wāfel; see waffle 1, wafer
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