Definition of goffer in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈɡäfər/
(also gauffer /ˈɡôfər/ /ˈɡäf-/)


[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
More example sentences
  • After the washing came the drying and then ironing, goffering, and crimping before the laundry process was complete.
  • Tumans could be goffered or pleated and were decorated with pompons made from color silk or gold threads.
  • The body of the robe was of zero velvet, goffered, with a square pelerine of solferino poil de chevre amidships.
1.1 (as adjective goffered) (Of the gilt edges of a book) embossed with a repeating design.
Example sentences
  • 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 waffle2).

Words that rhyme with goffer

chauffeur, gofer, gopher, loafer, Nuku'alofa, Ophir, shofar, sofa

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Syllabification: gof·fer

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