Definition of gofer in US English:


(North American gopher)


  • A person who runs errands, especially on a movie set or in an office.

    ‘he had worked his way from a gofer in the front office to general manager’
    • ‘I personally, had never before been one of these said gophers, and had never been granted the privilege of entering the teacher's lounge.’
    • ‘And though it breaks my heart to say it, he tried his damnedest to keep the club going towards the end but, ultimately, he was no more than a gofer for others behind the scenes.’
    • ‘My first job after leaving school was at a small electronics company in Kirkcaldy, where I was a general gofer, but subsequently I learned to make wiring harnesses and populate printed circuit boards.’
    • ‘These ‘miniature jobs’ so to speak tend to involve a lot of grit work and a bit of being a gopher, but they also provide a valuable learning experience.’
    • ‘Today I've done the gofer's job and I've been the gofer.’
    • ‘Add to that team two cameramen, Sharp, a Billabong rep, me, and a half-dozen Chilean journalists and gofers - and you had one long caravan anytime the surfers set out to look for waves.’
    • ‘She's got tons of resources, assistants and gophers.’
    • ‘I actually started out of college as a gopher, a runner for a company called Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions.’
    • ‘Although, the extra key would go to a parent or sibling when they got there; that person who would become the gopher if either of them needed something out of their room but had no time to go get it.’
    • ‘Both use gophers to put forward idealogically extreme positions on target issues.’
    • ‘The name, if credited at all, is usually down there with the clapperboard guy and the gofer who fetches the clapperboard guy's coffee.’
    • ‘Even as a gopher and junior bag man, he knows that he ‘was a part of something.’’
    • ‘They started giving writing jobs to people who were driving trucks the week before, gofers, film editors.’
    • ‘Staff wearing Disney-esque headsets look like dress-up gofers on a film set.’
    • ‘Now I am a gopher in waiting at the Hyde Park Theatre.’
    • ‘Tom makes himself handy to the couple, running errands and serving as a de facto gofer.’
    • ‘If she's just a secretary or a gopher, though, she might have some First Amendment rights.’
    • ‘This earth-shattering news was reported straight and at length in the papers, which is a tribute of sorts to Jack Irvine, his PR gopher.’
    • ‘I was the one person that Nick Ray asked to be his gofer or assistant, so I was an odd factor.’
    • ‘Employed in the mailroom at CBC and called upon once in a while to do part-time stagehand chores, I jumped at the chance to work on Ninety Minutes Live for a week, much of it spent being a gopher for the host.’
    subordinate, deputy, auxiliary, second, second in command, number two, lieutenant, right-hand man, right-hand woman, wingman, aide, personal assistant, pa, attendant, mate, apprentice, junior
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1960s: from go for (i.e. go and fetch).