Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun An employee who runs errands in addition to performing regular duties.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun A waffle.

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  • noun informal A worker who runs errands; an errand boy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun an employee whose duties include running errands

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Alteration of go for, from that person's having to go for or after things.]

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From go + fer ("for").

Examples

  • Sol Stern, a conservative commentator with The Manhatten Institute perhaps put it best when he said that Mr. Polakow-Suransky will be treated as a "gofer" by the mayor and Ms. Black.

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  • Young Ted Chapin, a production "gofer," kept a diary of rehearsals, Boston tryout and New York premiere, in 1971.

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  • Mukasey could easily fire half of these "gofer" appointees and eliminate their jobs.

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  • I didn't lift anything, I just was the "gofer" for little stuff.

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  • A simple translation for transportation is "gofer".

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  • I worked as their "gofer," there to fetch their coffee, their bagels, their morning fare, their fuzzy bunny slippers.

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  • "They are getting some 'gofer' out there to jump on these things, and then it's, 'Hasta la vista, baby,'" Cooper said.

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  • Instead of the stereotypical "gofer" work, such as photocopying, my job consisted of tasks such as thinking of questions for interviews, proof-reading Marci's blog posts, and keeping an eye on her dog, Sinatra, during phone interviews.

    The Blog Herald

  • David says that someone is leaving their job, so they need to look for someone to fill the "gofer" job.

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  • Instead of the stereotypical "gofer" work, such as photocopying, my job consisted of tasks such as thinking of questions for interviews, proof-reading Marci's blog posts, and keeping an eye on her dog, Sinatra, during phone interviews.

    The Blog Herald

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