or go-fer, go·pher


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 confusedgofer gopher
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Related Words for gofer

peon, grunt, scrub

Examples from the Web for gofer

Contemporary Examples of gofer

  • I was the gofer guy who made $285 a week cleaning toilets.

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    Patients Screwed in Spine Surgery ‘Scam’

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    November 3, 2014

  • "Henry Hill was a just a gofer," remembers veteran crime reporter Pileggi.

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    Goodfellas Turns 20

    Sean Macaulay

    September 21, 2010

  • Dougherty got his start in the news business as a gofer on The Washington Post sports desk in the 1970s.

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    McCain's New Nemesis

    Samuel P. Jacobs

    May 12, 2010

Historical Examples of gofer

British Dictionary definitions for gofer



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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