goffering [gof-er-ing] ExamplesWord Origin noun

  1. a decorative or ornamental frill, ruffle, etc.

Also gauffering. Origin of goffering First recorded in 1840–50; goffer + -ing1 goffer [gof-er] noun

  1. an ornamental plaiting used for frills and borders, as on women’s caps.

verb (used with object)

  1. to flute (a frill, ruffle, etc.), as with a heated iron.

Also gauf·fer [gaw-fer, gof-er] /ˈgɔ fər, ˈgɒf ər/. Origin of goffer 1700–10; French gaufre waffle Middle Dutch wāfel waffle1 Examples from the Web for goffering Historical Examples of goffering

  • Also, various smoothing-irons and goffering (crimping)-irons, heated on the hearth were applied to garments.

    Domestic Life in Virginia in the Seventeenth Century

    Annie Lash Jester

  • When he got home, he found Lucy sitting on a stool before the hearth, goffering the frills of a muslin cap.

    Barbara Lynn

    Emily J. Jenkinson

  • British Dictionary definitions for goffering goffer gauffer verb (tr)

    1. to press pleats into (a frill)
    2. to decorate (the gilt edges of a book) with a repeating pattern


    1. an ornamental frill made by pressing pleats
    2. the decoration formed by goffering books
    3. the iron or tool used in making goffers

    Word Origin for goffer C18: from French gaufrer to impress a pattern, from gaufre, from Middle Low German wāfel; see waffle 1, wafer

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