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verb (used without object)
- to mine unsystematically.
- to enlarge a hole, as in loose soil, with successively larger blasts.
- gopher ball,
- gopher plant,
- gopher snake,
- gopher state,
- gopher tortoise
Origin of gopher1
Origin of gopher2
or go-fer, go·pher
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|Marlow Stern|April 24, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
Though she was bent almost double, she was as spry as a gopher.O Pioneers!|Willa Cather
He tossed over to her thirty prints of Gopher Prairie and the country about.Main Street|Sinclair Lewis
Neither is there any mistaking the flavor of gopher extract.Lorimer of the Northwest|Harold Bindloss
Gopher had dined all on board but the crew, who had turned in before I did.Up the River|Oliver Optic
Saw a Gopher throwing out the dirt with his fore feet and not from his pouches.Audubon and his Journals, Volume I (of 2)|Maria R. Audubon
Word Origin for gopher
Word Origin for gofer
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.