- 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
Examples from the Web for gophering
Historical Examples of gophering
They could not have missed seeing the gophering that the old man had done on the hillside above The Four Pools.The Heritage of the Hills
Arthur P. Hankins
Word Origin for gopher
Word Origin and History for gophering
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.