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

Definition of gofer

: an employee whose duties include running errands : lackey

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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 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

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English Language Learners Definition of gofer

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

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to take the place or position of

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