[ gof-er ]
/ ˈgɒf ər /
an ornamental plaiting used for frills and borders, as on women's caps.
verb (used with object)
to flute (a frill, ruffle, etc.), as with a heated iron.
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Also gauf·fer [gaw-fer, gof-er] /ˈgɔ fər, ˈgɒf ər/.
Origin of goffer
1700–10; < French gaufre waffle < Middle Dutch wāfel waffle1
Words nearby goffer
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British Dictionary definitions for gauffer (1 of 2)
/ (ˈɡəʊfə) /
a less common spelling of goffer
British Dictionary definitions for gauffer (2 of 2)
/ (ˈɡəʊfə) /
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
Word Origin for goffer
C18: from French gaufrer to impress a pattern, from gaufre, from Middle Low German wāfel; see waffle 1, wafer
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