a person or thing that goes: We sat in the lobby watching the comers and goers.
a person who attends frequently or habitually (usually used in combination): churchgoer; moviegoer.

Origin of goer

Middle English word dating back to 1350–1400; see origin at go1, -er1
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Examples from the Web for goer

Historical Examples of goer

  • He thinks he's a comer when he's a goer—he can't see his idea is out of date.

    The Harbor

    Ernest Poole

  • But the goer afoot must not be conceived as primarily an engine of muscle.

    Journeys to Bagdad

    Charles S. Brooks

  • So gentle in her paces; indeed, so safe a goer, that a child might ride her.

  • The witch is supposed to go about chiefly under cover of darkness, and hence is called snny edh, the night goer.

  • Now, Dinan gave just the same description as to his appearance—that he looked as if he wanted to go but he was not much of a goer.

British Dictionary definitions for goer



  1. a person who attends something regularly
  2. (in combination)filmgoer
an energetic person
informal an acceptable or feasible idea, proposal, etc
Australian and NZ informal a person trying to succeed
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Word Origin and History for goer

late 14c., "one who goes on foot, a walker," agent noun of go. From mid-13c. as a surname. Of a horse, especially of one that goes fast (1690s); hence transferred use, of persons, "one who lives loosely" (c.1810).

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