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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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 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

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First Known Use of gofer

1967, in the meaning defined above

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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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