[ gof-er-ing ]
/ ˈgɒf ər ɪŋ /


a decorative or ornamental frill, ruffle, etc.

Nearby words

  1. goethian,
  2. goethite,
  3. goetz,
  4. gofer,
  5. goffer,
  6. goffstown,
  7. gog,
  8. gog and magog,
  9. gogga,
  10. goggle

Origin of goffering

First recorded in 1840–50; goffer + -ing1


[ gof-er ]
/ ˈgɒf ər /


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

1700–10; < French gaufre waffle < Middle Dutch wāfel waffle1

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/ (ˈɡəʊfə) /

verb (tr)

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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