- a blow, as with the hand or fist.
- a violent shock or concussion.
- to strike, as with the hand or fist.
- to strike against or push repeatedly: The wind buffeted the house.
- to contend against; battle.
- to struggle with blows of hand or fist.
- to force one's way by a fight, struggle, etc.
Origin of buffet1
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Examples from the Web for buffeting
But nearly a year of buffeting about had taught him many things.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
Giant hands with claws of foam were clutching, buffeting us.The Trail of '98
Robert W. Service
There is a rhythm to this chaos of crossing, buffeting waves.The Mutiny of the Elsinore
The salty spray increased to a gentle rain, buffeting her cheeks.Judith Lynn
Annie Hamilton Donnell
How well calculated to stand the buffeting of the winds and waves!A Voyage round the World
- response of an aircraft structure to buffet, esp an irregular oscillation of the tail
- (ˈbʊfeɪ) a counter where light refreshments are served
- a meal at which guests help themselves from a number of dishes and often eat standing up
- (as modifier)a buffet lunch
- (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
- (ˈbʌfɪ) Scot and Northern English dialect a kind of low stool, pouffe, or hassock
- (tr) to knock against or about; batterthe wind buffeted the boat
- (tr) to hit, esp with the fist; cuff
- to force (one's way), as through a crowd
- (intr) to struggle; battle
- a blow, esp with a fist or hand
- aerodynamic excitation of an aircraft structure by separated flows
- Bernard (bɛrnar). 1928–99, French painter and engraver. His works are characterized by sombre tones and thin angular forms
Word Origin and History for buffeting
c.1200, "to strike with the fist or hand; cuff, box, slap; from Old French bufeter "to strike, slap, punch," from bufet (see buffet (n.2)). Related: Buffeted; buffeting.
"table," 1718, from French bufet "bench, stool, sideboard," 12c., of uncertain origin. Sense in English extended 1888 to "meal served from a buffet."
c.1200, "blow struck with a fist or weapon," from Old French bufet "slap, punch," diminutive of bufe "a blow, slap, punch; puff of wind," figuratively "cunning trick," probably echoic of the sound of something soft being hit.