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  1. a decorative or ornamental frill, ruffle, etc.

Origin of goffering

First recorded in 1840–50; goffer + -ing1


  1. an ornamental plaiting used for frills and borders, as on women's caps.
verb (used with object)
  1. 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 goffering

Historical Examples

  • Also, various smoothing-irons and goffering (crimping)-irons, heated on the hearth were applied to garments.

    Domestic Life in Virginia in the Seventeenth Century

    Annie Lash Jester

  • When he got home, he found Lucy sitting on a stool before the hearth, goffering the frills of a muslin cap.

    Barbara Lynn

    Emily J. Jenkinson

British Dictionary definitions for goffering



verb (tr)
  1. to press pleats into (a frill)
  2. to decorate (the gilt edges of a book) with a repeating pattern
  1. an ornamental frill made by pressing pleats
  2. the decoration formed by goffering books
  3. the iron or tool used in making goffers

Word Origin

C18: from French gaufrer to impress a pattern, from gaufre, from Middle Low German wāfel; see waffle 1, wafer
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