or go-fer, go·pher

[ goh-fer ]
/ ˈgoʊ fər /

noun Slang.

an employee whose chief duty is running errands.


Origin of gofer

1965–70; respelling of go for (verb phrase), with -er representing both vowel reduction in for and -er1

Can be confused

gofer gopher
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British Dictionary definitions for gofer


/ (ˈɡəʊfə) /


slang, mainly US and Canadian an employee or assistant whose duties include menial tasks such as running errands

Word Origin for gofer

C20: originally US: alteration of go for
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