See also: gör, Gör, and gör-



From Middle English goere, equivalent to go +‎ -er. Compare German Geher (goer, walker).



goer (plural goers)

  1. One who, or that which, goes.
    • c. 1602, William Shakespeare, All’s Well That Ends Well, Act I, Scene 2,[1]
      Such a man
      Might be a copy to these younger times;
      Which, follow’d well, would demonstrate them now
      But goers backward.
    • 1845, Thomas Babington Macaulay, Letter to Hannah Macaulay dated 19 December, 1845 in G. Otto Trevelyan (ed.), The Life and Letters of Lord Macaulay, New York: Harper, 1875, Volume 2, p. 149,[2]
      Lord John has been all day in his inner library. His antechamber has been filled with comers and goers, some talking in knots, some writing notes at tables.
    • 1927, Virginia Woolf, To the Lighthouse, London: The Hogarth Press, 1930, Part 1, p. 58,[3]
      [] the two classes of men; on the one hand the steady goers of superhuman strength [] plodding and persevering, [] ; on the other the gifted, the inspired []
  2. Anything, especially a machine such as a motor car, that performs well, or operates successfully.
    I bought her secondhand, but she's a good little goer.
  3. (Britain, slang) A person, often a woman, who enjoys sexual activity.
    • 1990, Hampton Charles, Advantage Miss Seeton,[4] page 45,
      He winked at Parsons. "If I'm any judge, she must've bin a right little goer in 'er day."
    • 2001, Peter Buse, Drama + Theory: Critical Approaches to Modern British Drama,[5] page 102,
      ' [] (Intimate, man to man) Eh, I bet she's a goer, int she sunshine? She's got a fair pair of knockers on her too.'
    • 2001, Edna Walsh, Bedbound and Misterman,[6] →ISBN, page 22,
      'I can tell that yer a right little goer, hey Larsie?!' I call over two slappers and slip them a few hundred! Before I know it me and Lars and the two slappers are rolling around a giant bed with the hungriest genitals in Gay Paree!
  4. (obsolete) A foot (body part).
    • c. 1615, George Chapman (translator), Homer’s Odysses, London: Nathaniell Butter, Book 13, p. 202,[7]
      [] a double Mantle cast
      A’ thwart his Shoulders, his faire goers g[r]ac’st
      With fitted shooes; and in his hand, a Dart
  5. (dated) A horse, considered in reference to its gait.
    a safe goer
    • 1727, Daniel Defoe, A Tour thro’ the Whole Island of Great Britain, London: J. Osborn et al., 1742, Volume 4, Letter 3, p. 106,[8]
      These Horses, which are very much bought up in England, are remarkable for being good natural Pacers, strong, easy Goers, hardy, gentle, well-broken, and, above all, not apt to tire.
    • 1914, James Joyce, “The Dead” in Dubliners,
      “I'd like nothing better this minute,” said Mr Browne stoutly, “than a rattling fine walk in the country or a fast drive with a good spanking goer between the shafts.”

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