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pocket gopher (1)


  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈɡəʊfə/
  • (file)
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈɡoʊfɚ/
  • Rhymes: -əʊfə(ɹ)

Etymology 1[edit]

Perhaps an adaptation of Cajun French gaufre (literally honeycomb, waffle), based on the analogy of holes in the ground to the indentations in a honeycomb or a waffle (doublet of waffle).[1][2] Alternatively, from Muskogean.[3]


gopher (plural gophers)

  1. A small burrowing rodent native to North and Central America, especially in the family Geomyidae (true gophers).
    Hyponym: pocket gopher
  2. A ground squirrel (Marmotinae spp.).
  3. A gopher tortoise (Gopherus spp.).
  4. A gopher rockfish (Sebastes carnatus).
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Etymology 2[edit]


gopher (plural gophers)

  1. Alternative spelling of gofer
    • 2015 March 12, Bill Mann, “The film that makes me cry: Local Hero”, in The Guardian[1]:
      Crackpot Texan oil magnate Felix Happer (Burt Lancaster) gets the idea that a small Scottish fishing village would be a marvellous acquisition for his so-rich-it-makes-you-sick company, Knox Oil and Gas, so he sends an executive gopher named MacIntyre (because that sounds Scottish, yeah – played by Peter Riegert) to close the deal and get the pipeline pencilled in.

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