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[prof-er] /ˈprɒf ər/
verb (used with object)
to put before a person for acceptance; offer.
the act of proffering.
an offer or proposal.
Origin of proffer
1250-1300; Middle English profren < Anglo-French profrer, variant of Old French poroffrir, equivalent to por- pro-1 + offrir to offer
Related forms
profferer, noun
unproffered, adjective
1. volunteer, propose, suggest. See offer. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for proffer
  • Meals are available, and the owner is happy to proffer information about the city.
  • They will be reluctant to proffer lots more money until they are sure it will be handed out in that spirit.
  • Any well-briefed attorney could proffer evidence to the contrary.
  • Respondents proffer seven state interests they claim are compelling.
  • He is, it should be pointed out, a misanthropic citizen who seeks no help and doesn't proffer it.
  • The government has made a proffer of how the counts are related, a proffer to which the defendant has not responded.
  • Where an appellant fails to proffer the testimony, he or she cannot claim on appeal that the trial court erred by excluding it.
British Dictionary definitions for proffer


(transitive) to offer for acceptance; tender
the act of proffering
Derived Forms
profferer, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French proffrir, from pro-1 + offrir to offer
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Word Origin and History for proffer

"to offer," late 13c., from Anglo-French profrier (mid-13c.), Old French poroffrir (11c.), from por- "forth" (from Latin pro-; see pro-) + offrir "to offer," from Latin offerre (see offer (v.)). Related: Proffered; proffering. As a noun from late 14c.

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