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From French gaufrer (to figure cloth, velvet, and other stuffs), from gaufre (honeycomb, waffle); of German origin. See waffle, wafer, and compare goffer, gopher (an animal).


gauffer (third-person singular simple present gauffers, present participle gauffering, simple past and past participle gauffered)

  1. (transitive) To plait, crimp, or flute; to goffer, as lace.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for gauffer in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)