Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • transitive v. To press ridges or narrow pleats into (a frill, for example).
  • n. An iron used for pressing ridges or narrow pleats.
  • n. Ridges or pleats produced in this manner.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To make wavy; to crimp.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • transitive v. To plait, flute, or crimp. See gauffer.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To plait, flute, or crimp (lace, etc.).
  • To raise in relief, especially for ornamental purposes, as thin metal, starched linen, or the like.
  • n. An ornamental plaiting used for the frills and borders of women's caps, etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an ornamental frill made by pressing pleats
  • n. an iron used to press pleats and ridges
  • v. make wavy with a heated goffering iron
  • n. a zealously energetic person (especially a salesman)

Etymologies

French gaufrer, to emboss, from Old French, from gaufre, honeycomb, waffle, of Germanic origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French gaufrer (‘stamp with patterned tool’), from gaufre (‘honeycomb’). (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • I'll bet people are praying to him expecting him to provide them with good luck situations on a whimb like a goffer or a slave.

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  • "I 'ave curled it with the curling tongs -- not perhaps curl, but what the washerwoman would say -- ` goffer,' and for the rest, can you not see the wire?

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  • ah!

    March 21, 2008

  • Certainly Dickensian.

    March 21, 2008

  • Though criming lace would be an interesting occupation.

    March 21, 2008

  • yes, it's crimping.

    March 21, 2008

  • crimping?

    March 21, 2008

  • Are you sure about criming? Nothing close to it is in the OED.

    March 21, 2008

  • "He had been washing, ironing and goffering (where appropriate) all Jack's and Stephen's shirts, neck-cloths, handkerchiefs, waistcoats, drawers, and duck trousers..."
    --P. O'Brian, The Hundred Days, 95

    "Goffering-iron: An iron tool used for crimping, or goffering, lace, frills, and the like." (A Sea of Words, 216)

    See also goffering-iron.

    March 21, 2008