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[gaw-fer-ing, gof-er-]
  1. goffering.
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  1. an ornamental plaiting used for frills and borders, as on women's caps.
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verb (used with object)
  1. 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
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Historical Examples of gauffering

  • After the edges have been gilt they may be decorated by tooling, called “gauffering.”

    Bookbinding, and the Care of Books

    Douglas Cockerell

  • Footnote 3: There is a picture of an Egyptian gauffering machine in Wilkinson, vol.

British Dictionary definitions for gauffering



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