gofer

noun
go·​fer | \ ˈgō-fər How to pronounce gofer (audio) \
variants: or less commonly go-fer or

Definition of gofer

informal
: an employee whose duties include running errands : lackey

Examples of gofer in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Since the game takes place in a corporate hellscape, many of the missions and side missions involve going to a place, talking to that place’s leader, and convincing said leader to do something through a series of red-tape gofer quests. EW.com, "The Outer Worlds is a great RPG if you ignore its characters," 22 Oct. 2019 An Indiana native, Canada cracked into coaching as a gofer for Bill Mallory’s IU football teams in the early 1990s. Ross Dellenger, SI.com, "Where in the World Is Matt Canada—and Why Doesn't He Have a Job?," 27 Aug. 2019 Jeter had David Samson, who was former owner Jeffrey Loria’s gofer, fire Dawson and Perez, who felt disrespected that Jeter didn’t bother talking to them personally. John Shea, SFChronicle.com, "Critical time for Giants, other teams to make tough calls on future," 27 July 2019 Pitt plays Cliff Booth, Rick’s longtime stunt double, gofer and drinking buddy. Samantha Miller, PEOPLE.com, "REVIEW: Tarantino's Once Upon a Time in Hollywood Is an Original and Unpredictable Blast," 26 July 2019 Dalton’s best friend is Cliff Booth (Brad Pitt), a talented stuntman who, unlike Needham, makes most of his money acting as Dalton’s gofer and driver while living in a trailer behind a drive-in movie theater. Keith Phipps, The Verge, "Before you see Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, watch Smokey and the Bandit," 26 July 2019 When the film school rejections arrived, Spielberg had the previous summer begun his life as a fast-rising unpaid gofer at Universal Pictures. Jay Mathews, Washington Post, "The education of Steven Spielberg. It didn’t involve ivy.," 10 July 2019 The year 1939 brought Stan Lee, born Stanley Lieber, into the comics world, starting out as a gofer at Timely Comics for $8 a week. Maude Campbell, Popular Mechanics, "Farewell to Stan Lee, a Marvel Comics Legend," 12 Nov. 2018 With broad fix-it knowledge learned at his dad’s side and from years earning spare bucks as a gofer at construction sites, Mr. Mustaciuolo has hands-on technical knowledge. Melanie Grayce West, WSJ, "NYCHA’s New Mr. Fix-It Has Long Repair List," 23 Aug. 2018

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'gofer.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of gofer

1967, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gofer

alteration of go for

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about gofer

Time Traveler for gofer

Time Traveler

The first known use of gofer was in 1967

See more words from the same year

Statistics for gofer

Cite this Entry

“Gofer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gofer. Accessed 20 Feb. 2020.

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for gofer

gofer

noun
How to pronounce gofer (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of gofer

informal : a person whose job is to do various small and usually boring jobs for other people

More from Merriam-Webster on gofer

Rhyming Dictionary: Words that rhyme with gofer

Comments on gofer

What made you want to look up gofer? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).

WORD OF THE DAY

See Definitions and Examples »

Get Word of the Day daily email!

Test Your Vocabulary

More Confusing Words—Quiz

  • cats on impossible timber
  • The magician ______ moved the selected card to the top of the deck.
Spell It

Can you spell these 10 commonly misspelled words?

TAKE THE QUIZ
Bee Cubed

Test Your Knowledge - and learn some interesting things along the way.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!