Which Joe gave his name to ‘sloppy joes’? We look at five interesting sandwiches and their lexical origins.
verb[WITH OBJECT]usually as adjective goffered
1Treat (a lace edge or frill) with heated irons in order to crimp or flute it.‘a goffered frill’
- ‘The goffering iron was made in France, then England.’
- ‘The body of the robe was of zero velvet, goffered, with a square pelerine of solferino poil de chevre amidships.’
- ‘The goffering iron was a rolling pin-like round bar that was heated before use.’
- ‘Tumans could be goffered or pleated and were decorated with pompons made from color silk or gold threads.’
- ‘After the washing came the drying and then ironing, goffering, and crimping before the laundry process was complete.’
- 1.1as adjective goffered (of the gilt edges of a book) embossed with a repeating design.
- ‘Full leather, blind stamped and tooled, goffered edges in gold.’
An iron used to crimp or flute lace.
Late 16th century: from French gaufrer ‘stamp with a patterned tool’, from gaufre ‘honeycomb’, from Middle Low German wāfel (see waffle).
We take a look at several popular, though confusing, punctuation marks.
From Afghanistan to Zimbabwe, discover surprising and intriguing language facts from around the globe.
The definitions of ‘buddy’ and ‘bro’ in the OED have recently been revised. We explore their history and increase in popularity.