or go-fer, go·pher

[ goh-fer ]
/ ˈgoʊ fər /

noun Slang.

an employee whose chief duty is running errands.


Nearby words

  1. goethe,
  2. goethe, johann wolfgang von,
  3. goethian,
  4. goethite,
  5. goetz,
  6. goffer,
  7. goffering,
  8. goffstown,
  9. gog,
  10. gog and magog

Origin of gofer

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

Can be confusedgofer 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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Word Origin and History for gofer



"errand-runner," 1956, American English coinage from go for (coffee, spare parts, etc.), with a pun on gopher.

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