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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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Examples from the web for proffering
  • They evoke uncomfortable images of the sorts of people who approach one in airports, proffering roses and religious tracts.
  • When you work at a fashion magazine, proffering shopping advice to friends is expected.
  • They serve up bodily fluids with all the gusto of deranged sommeliers proffering rare vintage wines.
  • The party proffering the testimony bears the burden of establishing its admissibility.
  • If it is anticipated that audio or video equipment is needed, the proffering party must bring its own equipment.
  • Their intent is to trick consumers into sending money without proffering the item.
  • Defendant sought to rebut the presumption by presenting and proffering evidence of his community ties and non-violent disposition.
  • The moving party cannot succeed by merely proffering arguments based on evidence available at the time of entry of the judgment.
  • Department staff indicated that it was prepared to proceed with the hearing, proffering a program staff witness.
British Dictionary definitions for proffering


(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 proffering



"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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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