gopher

1
[ goh-fer ]
/ ˈgoʊ fər /

noun

verb (used without object)

Mining.
  1. to mine unsystematically.
  2. to enlarge a hole, as in loose soil, with successively larger blasts.

Origin of gopher

1
First recorded in 1785–95; earlier megopher, magopher “gopher tortoise”; of obscure origin; spelling copies gopher wood

Definition for gopher (2 of 2)

gopher2
[ goh-fer ]
/ ˈgoʊ fər /

noun Slang.

Origin of gopher

2
1925–30; respelling of gofer by association with gopher1
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British Dictionary definitions for gopher

gopher
/ (ˈɡəʊfə) /

noun

Also called: pocket gopher any burrowing rodent of the family Geomyidae, of North and Central America, having a thickset body, short legs, and cheek pouches
another name for ground squirrel
any burrowing tortoise of the genus Gopherus, of SE North America
gopher snake another name for bull snake

Word Origin for gopher

C19: shortened from earlier megopher or magopher, of obscure origin
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