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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.
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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  • The officers hurried for such restoratives as the bar supplied, and two physicians who were near by proffered their services.
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  • The information proffered by those eyewitnesses is fundamentally unreliable.
  • Many different answers have been proffered during the pause for reflection.
  • Maps or medicines, proffered by kind hands, might not be useful but you know they are important.
  • He could ask for things-and would reject a proffered item and ask again if it was not what he wanted.
  • Contrary to the oft proffered explanation, advances in medical technology do not explain the constantly rising prices.
British Dictionary definitions for proffered


(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 proffered



"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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