- any of several ground squirrels of the genus Citellus, of the prairie regions of North America.
- pocket gopher.
- gopher tortoise.
- gopher snake.
- (initial capital letter) a native or inhabitant of Minnesota (used as a nickname).
- (initial capital letter) Computers.
- a protocol for a menu-based system of accessing documents on the Internet.
- any program that implements this protocol.
- to mine unsystematically.
- to enlarge a hole, as in loose soil, with successively larger blasts.
Origin of gopher1
Origin of gopher2
or go-fer, go·pher
- an employee whose chief duty is running errands.
Origin of gofer
Examples from the Web for gopher
The critters resemble the gopher from Caddyshack… if it had rabies.Inside ‘Zombeavers’: The Gross-Out Tribeca Flick About Killer Zombie Beavers Hunting Sexy Coeds
April 24, 2014
Make thee an ark of gopher wood; rooms shalt thou make in the ark, and shalt pitch it within and without with pitch.The Story of Noah's Ark From the Bible’s Book of Genesis
The Daily Beast
March 24, 2014
He is a gopher, and different from the common kind of turtle.
"It's my idea that the gopher isn't in here at all," announced Curley, with emphasis.The Pony Rider Boys in Texas
Frank Gee Patchin
Why, you could have knocked me down with the kick of a gopher I was so dumfounded!Warrior Gap
Though she was bent almost double, she was as spry as a gopher.O Pioneers!
Gopher had dined all on board but the crew, who had turned in before I did.Up the River
- slang, mainly US and Canadian an employee or assistant whose duties include menial tasks such as running errands
Word Origin and History for gopher
1812, American English, perhaps an Englishing of Louisiana French gaufre "honeycomb, waffle," said to have been used by French settlers in reference to small mammals on analogy of the structure of their burrows, from Old French gaufre, of Frankish origin. The rodent was the nickname of people from Arkansas (1845) and later Minnesota (1872). The gopherwood tree of the Bible (used by Noah to make the ark, Gen. vi:14) is unrelated; it is from Hebrew gofer, perhaps meaning the cypress.
"errand-runner," 1956, American English coinage from go for (coffee, spare parts, etc.), with a pun on gopher.