go·​fer | \ˈgō-fər \
variants: or less commonly go-fer or

Definition of gofer 


: an employee whose duties include running errands : lackey

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Del owns a pair of steeds, the more mellow of whom is a quarter horse named Lean on Pete; with his jockey Bonnie (Chloe Sevigny) and with Charley signed up as general purpose gofer, Del plies a circuit of county fairs and backwoods racetracks. Ty Burr, BostonGlobe.com, "‘Lean on Pete’ is a moving story of a boy and his steed," 11 Apr. 2018 But others who claim to have known Burkett in Baghdad paint a starkly different portrait of the former enlisted man, one more akin to the role Steve McQueen played as a gofer for army supply sergeant Jackie Gleason in Soldier in the Rain. Jeff Stein, Newsweek, "Lara Logan's Mystery Man," 22 Nov. 2013 With an assist from the writers, Wilson came to Los Angeles ready to shuck his current career and start a new one in Hollywood, and Tinker gave the ad exec, then 30, a low-level job for $200 a week as a gofer. Mike Barnes, The Hollywood Reporter, "Hugh Wilson, Creator of 'WKRP in Cincinnati' and Director of 'Police Academy,' Dies at 74," 16 Jan. 2018 Thomas Middleditch, who needs someone to explain to him the dangers of overexposure, plays his usual bumbling character, a gofer for Steve who also narrates the tale. Neil Genzlinger, New York Times, "Review: ‘Once Upon a Time in Venice’ Unleashes a Bland Bruce Willis," 15 June 2017

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First Known Use of gofer

1967, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for gofer

alteration of go for

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English Language Learners Definition of gofer

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

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