doff·​er | \ -fə(r)\
plural -s

Definition of doffer

1a : a small roller usually covered with wire teeth used to strip material from another roller or cylinder on textile machinery especially : a roller on a carding machine
b : a machine or device for doffing bobbins
c : a device for stripping cotton from the spindle of a mechanical cotton picker
2 : a textile worker who removes full bobbins or cones from machines and puts in empty ones

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