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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 proffers
  • For one who proffers doublethink has no point of view and offers no interpretation of data.
  • The hotel also proffers all-inclusive botanical spa suites and fitness facilities.
  • The coin he proffers is, in effect, the price of her virtue.
  • Though it proffers no single course, it does suggest a way of looking at things.
  • As promising as such proffers might sound, it's far too early for optimism.
  • She proffers the long-handled spoon with a chunk of dog food to them, one by one.
  • Meticulously cataloged and presented face-forward, the exhibition proffers wondrous evidence of the genre's vitality.
  • He proffers them wealth and luxury and magnificent surroundings.
  • Most of the time, however, it proffers fantasies to match the hallucinatory music.
  • proffers are required to be signed by all owners and contract purchasers of property subject to the rezoning application.
British Dictionary definitions for proffers


(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 proffers



"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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