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[goh-er] /ˈgoʊ ər/
a person or thing that goes:
We sat in the lobby watching the comers and goers.
a person who attends frequently or habitually (usually used in combination):
churchgoer; moviegoer.
Origin of goer
1350-1400; Middle English; see go1, -er1 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Kahle, "the goer," belies his name, for he loiters everywhere and always; yet I am not sorry.

    Summer Cruising in the South Seas Charles Warren Stoddard
  • He thinks he's a comer when he's a goer—he can't see his idea is out of date.

    The Harbor Ernest Poole
  • So gentle in her paces; indeed, so safe a goer, that a child might ride her.

  • That horse is a goer, as we know, and we ought to be able to catch that man sooner or later.

    The Rover Boys on a Tour Arthur M. Winfield
  • San Francisco was the stopping-place of every comer and goer; the Egypt of the corn, the depot of supplies for the gold territory.

  • Now, Dinan gave just the same description as to his appearance—that he looked as if he wanted to go but he was not much of a goer.

    The Crime of the Century Henry M. Hunt
  • I am too easy a goer, and there are too many rogues in the world, that I should ever make my own fortune, Johnson!

  • For the spirit of Odin the goer, the spirit which has sent his children round the world, was strong within him.

  • But the goer afoot must not be conceived as primarily an engine of muscle.

    Journeys to Bagdad Charles S. Brooks
  • It is the sense of this, secret even in the most fatuous breast, which makes things sadder for the goer.

    Hortus Vitae Violet Paget, AKA Vernon Lee
British Dictionary definitions for goer


  1. a person who attends something regularly
  2. (in combination): filmgoer
an energetic person
(informal) an acceptable or feasible idea, proposal, etc
(Austral & NZ, informal) a person trying to succeed
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for goer

late 14c., "one who goes on foot, a walker," agent noun of go. From mid-13c. as a surname. Of a horse, especially of one that goes fast (1690s); hence transferred use, of persons, "one who lives loosely" (c.1810).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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