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 By the age of 18, Birkin had already worked on a couple of U.K.-based pictures as a tea boy/gofer, but could rise no further without a union membership or guild card. Andrew Birkin, Variety, 17 Mar. 2022 Young Ariana Neal is memorable as Jess, a kind of gofer at the ’90s Visser; Evan Jonigkeit is creepy as Samuel, the Visser’s lothario and worse. John Anderson, WSJ, 13 Jan. 2022 Lee, who briefly attended City College, joined that business in his late teens, hired as a gofer by a family relation, Martin Goodman, the proprietor of a small outfit, Timely Comics. J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books, 19 Aug. 2021 Lee, who briefly attended City College, joined that business in his late teens, hired as a gofer by a family relation, Martin Goodman, the proprietor of a small outfit, Timely Comics. J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books, 19 Aug. 2021 Lee, who briefly attended City College, joined that business in his late teens, hired as a gofer by a family relation, Martin Goodman, the proprietor of a small outfit, Timely Comics. J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books, 19 Aug. 2021 Budenholzer credits his success to his first NBA job as Popovich’s gofer in the film room. Jeff Mcdonald, San Antonio Express-News, 30 Oct. 2021 Lee, who briefly attended City College, joined that business in his late teens, hired as a gofer by a family relation, Martin Goodman, the proprietor of a small outfit, Timely Comics. J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books, 19 Aug. 2021 Lee, who briefly attended City College, joined that business in his late teens, hired as a gofer by a family relation, Martin Goodman, the proprietor of a small outfit, Timely Comics. J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books, 19 Aug. 2021 See More

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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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“Gofer.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/gofer. Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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