an ornamental plaiting used for frills and borders, as on women's caps.
verb (used with object)
to flute (a frill, ruffle, etc.), as with a heated iron.
Also gauf·fer [gaw-fer, gof-er] /ˈgɔ fər, ˈgɒf ər/
Origin of goffer
< French gaufre
waffle < Middle Dutch wāfel waffle1
Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019
Examples from the Web for goffer
Historical Examples of goffer
Hence our verb to goffer, to give a cellular appearance to a frill.
Dr. Fellowes had the kindness to give me a goffer (a large field-mouse), undoubtedly Diplostoma bulbivorum.
A new mortification for poor Cinderella, for it was she who had to iron her sisters' fine linen, and goffer their ruffles.
British Dictionary definitions for goffer
to press pleats into (a frill)
to decorate (the gilt edges of a book) with a repeating pattern
an ornamental frill made by pressing pleats
the decoration formed by goffering books
the iron or tool used in making goffers
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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