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Definitions for gopher
ˈgoʊ fərgo·pher

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. goffer, gophernoun

    a zealously energetic person (especially a salesman)

  2. Minnesotan, Gophernoun

    a native or resident of Minnesota

  3. ground squirrel, gopher, spermophilenoun

    any of various terrestrial burrowing rodents of Old and New Worlds; often destroy crops

  4. gopher, pocket gopher, pouched ratnoun

    burrowing rodent of the family Geomyidae having large external cheek pouches; of Central America and southwestern North America

  5. gopher tortoise, gopher turtle, gopher, Gopherus polypemusnoun

    burrowing edible land tortoise of southeastern North America


  1. Gophernoun

    an Internet protocol for document search and retrieval.

  2. Etymology: Perhaps from French gaufre, based on the analogy of holes in the ground to the indentations in a waffle.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Gophernoun

    one of several North American burrowing rodents of the genera Geomys and Thomomys, of the family Geomyidae; -- called also pocket gopher and pouched rat. See Pocket gopher, and Tucan

  2. Gophernoun

    one of several western American species of the genus Spermophilus, of the family Sciuridae; as, the gray gopher (Spermophilus Franklini) and the striped gopher (S. tridecemlineatus); -- called also striped prairie squirrel, leopard marmot, and leopard spermophile. See Spermophile

  3. Gophernoun

    a large land tortoise (Testudo Carilina) of the Southern United States, which makes extensive burrows

  4. Gophernoun

    a large burrowing snake (Spilotes Couperi) of the Southern United States

  5. Etymology: [F. gaufre waffle, honeycomb. See Gauffer.]


  1. Gopher

    Gopher is a fictional grey anthropomorphic gopher character who first appeared in the 1966 Disney animated film Winnie the Pooh and the Honey Tree, introducing himself as Samuel J. Gopher. He has a habit of whistling out his sibilant consonants, one of various traits he has in common with the beaver in Lady and the Tramp, by whom he may have been inspired. Gopher was fleshed out a bit further in the television series The New Adventures of Winnie the Pooh. He is portrayed as generally hard-working, especially in his tunnels. He does not appear in the original books by A. A. Milne. Gopher's voice was originally done by Howard Morris, who retired from the role and was replaced by Michael Gough. Gopher's most recent appearances were in A Winnie the Pooh Thanksgiving and Winnie the Pooh: A Valentine for You. He also appeared in Boo to You Too! Winnie the Pooh, which was included as part of Pooh's Heffalump Halloween Movie. To date, this is Gopher's last appearance in the Winnie the Pooh media line.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Gopher

    gō′fėr, n. a name in America applied to the prairie dog, the pouched rat, and to the land tortoise of the southern states.—v.i. to burrow, to mine in a small way. [Fr. gaufre.]

  2. Gopher

    gō′fėr, n. (B.) a kind of wood, generally supposed identical with cypress. [Heb.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. gopher

    [obs.] A type of Internet service first floated around 1991 and obsolesced around 1995 by the World Wide Web. Gopher presents a menuing interface to a tree or graph of links; the links can be to documents, runnable programs, or other gopher menus arbitrarily far across the net.Some claim that the gopher software, which was originally developed at the University of Minnesota, was named after the Minnesota Gophers (a sports team). Others claim the word derives from American slang gofer (from “go for”, dialectal “go fer”), one whose job is to run and fetch things. Finally, observe that gophers dig long tunnels, and the idea of tunneling through the net to find information was a defining metaphor for the developers. Probably all three things were true, but with the first two coming first and the gopher-tunnel metaphor serendipitously adding flavor and impetus to the project as it developed out of its concept stage.

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    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Gopher is ranked #98099 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Gopher surname appeared 185 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Gopher.

    74.5% or 138 total occurrences were American Indian or Alaskan Native.
    15.6% or 29 total occurrences were Black.
    5.9% or 11 total occurrences were White.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of gopher in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of gopher in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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    call in an official matter, such as to attend court
    • A. efface
    • B. summon
    • C. embellish
    • D. loom

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