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[buhf-it] /ˈbʌf ɪt/
noun
1.
a blow, as with the hand or fist.
2.
a violent shock or concussion.
verb (used with object), buffeted, buffeting.
3.
to strike, as with the hand or fist.
4.
to strike against or push repeatedly:
The wind buffeted the house.
5.
to contend against; battle.
verb (used without object), buffeted, buffeting.
6.
to struggle with blows of hand or fist.
7.
to force one's way by a fight, struggle, etc.
Origin
1175-1225
1175-1225; Middle English < Old French buffe a blow + -et -et
Related forms
buffeter, noun
unbuffeted, adjective
Synonyms
3. slap, cuff, box, hit, sock, wallop.
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British Dictionary definitions for un buffeted

buffet1

noun
1.
(ˈbʊfeɪ). a counter where light refreshments are served
2.
(ˈbʊfeɪ)
  1. a meal at which guests help themselves from a number of dishes and often eat standing up
  2. (as modifier) a buffet lunch
3.
(ˈbʌfɪt; ˈbʊfeɪ). a piece of furniture used from medieval times to the 18th century for displaying plates, etc and typically comprising one or more cupboards and some open shelves
4.
(Scot & Northern English, dialect) (ˈbʌfɪ). a kind of low stool, pouffe, or hassock
Word Origin
C18: from French, of unknown origin

buffet2

/ˈbʌfɪt/
verb -fets, -feting, -feted
1.
(transitive) to knock against or about; batter the wind buffeted the boat
2.
(transitive) to hit, esp with the fist; cuff
3.
to force (one's way), as through a crowd
4.
(intransitive) to struggle; battle
noun
5.
a blow, esp with a fist or hand
6.
aerodynamic excitation of an aircraft structure by separated flows
Derived Forms
buffeter, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Old French buffeter, from buffet a light blow, from buffe, of imitative origin

Buffet

/French byfɛ/
noun
1.
Bernard (bɛrnar). 1928–99, French painter and engraver. His works are characterized by sombre tones and thin angular forms
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Word Origin and History for un buffeted
buffet
early 13c., from O.Fr. bufet "slap, punch," dim. of bufe "a blow, puff of wind," probably echoic of the sound of something soft being hit.
buffet
"table," 1718, from Fr. bufet "bench, stool, sideboard," 12c., of uncertain origin. Sense extended 1888 to "meal served from a buffet."
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