Proffer Prof"fer, v. t. [imp. & p. p. {Proffered}; p. pr. & vb. n. {Proffering}.] [OE. profren, proferen, F. prof['e]rer, fr. L. proferre to bring forth or forward, to offer; pro forward + ferre to bring. See {Bear} to produce.] 1. To offer for acceptance; to propose to give; to make a tender of; as, to proffer a gift; to proffer services; to proffer friendship. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

I reck not what wrong that thou me profre. --Chaucer. [1913 Webster]

2. To essay or attempt of one's own accord; to undertake, or propose to undertake. [R.] --Milton. [1913 Webster]

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  • Proffer — Prof fer, n. 1. An offer made; something proposed for acceptance by another; a tender; as, proffers of peace or friendship. [1913 Webster] He made a proffer to lay down his commission. Clarendon. [1913 Webster] 2. Essay; attempt. [R.] Bacon.… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

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  • proffer — (v.) late 13c., from Anglo Fr. profrier (mid 13c.), O.Fr. poroffrir (c.1080), from por forth (from L. pro ) + offrir to offer, from L. offerre (see OFFER (Cf. offer)). Related: Proffered; proffering …   Etymology dictionary

  • proffer — *offer, tender, present, prefer Analogous words: propose, design, intend: confer, bestow, present, *give Contrasted words: reject, spurn, refuse, *decline …   New Dictionary of Synonyms

  • proffer — meaning ‘to offer (a gift or service)’, has inflected forms proffered, proffering …   Modern English usage

  • proffer — [v] suggest, offer extend, gift, give, hand, hit on, hold out, make a pitch*, pose, present, propose, proposition, propound, submit, tender, volunteer; concepts 66,67,75 Ant. discourage, dissuade, take back …   New thesaurus

  • proffer — ► VERB ▪ offer for acceptance. ORIGIN Old French proffrir, from Latin pro before + offerre to offer …   English terms dictionary

  • Proffer — To proffer (sometimes profer) means to offer evidence in support of an argument, or elements of an affirmative defense or offense, often at trial. A party with the burden of proof must proffer sufficient evidence to carry that burden.For example …   Wikipedia

  • proffer — 1. noun a) An offer made; something proposed for acceptance by another; a tender; as, proffers of peace or friendship. b) Essay; attempt. 2. verb a) …   Wiktionary

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