Definition of gofer in English:


(also gopher)


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

    ‘he had worked his way from a gofer in the front office to general manager’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘I was the one person that Nick Ray asked to be his gofer or assistant, so I was an odd factor.’
    • ‘She's got tons of resources, assistants and gophers.’
    • ‘Both use gophers to put forward idealogically extreme positions on target issues.’
    • ‘Tom makes himself handy to the couple, running errands and serving as a de facto gofer.’
    • ‘Even as a gopher and junior bag man, he knows that he ‘was a part of something.’’
    • ‘Today I've done the gofer's job and I've been the gofer.’
    • ‘I actually started out of college as a gopher, a runner for a company called Witt/Thomas/Harris Productions.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Now I am a gopher in waiting at the Hyde Park Theatre.’
    • ‘If she's just a secretary or a gopher, though, she might have some First Amendment rights.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The name, if credited at all, is usually down there with the clapperboard guy and the gofer who fetches the clapperboard guy's coffee.’
    • ‘I personally, had never before been one of these said gophers, and had never been granted the privilege of entering the teacher's lounge.’
    • ‘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.’
    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


1960s from go for (i.e. go and fetch).