- to put before a person for acceptance; offer.
- the act of proffering.
- an offer or proposal.
Origin of proffer
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1. volunteer, propose, suggest. See offer.
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Examples from the Web for proffering
Individuals and businesses could exempt themselves from anti-discrimination laws by proffering religious objections to them.RFRA Madness: What’s Next for Anti-Democratic ‘Religious Exemptions’
November 16, 2014
Instead, Gingrich played the statesman, burying the hatchet and proffering big ideas to tackle big problems.Political Chameleon Newt Gingrich Has a History of Working with Democrats
December 2, 2011
For Ryan, this means sitting in a booth at the convention and proffering sexy photos of herself to male passersby.Celebrity Mistress Convention
July 11, 2010
"From the lady of the rose," said he, proffering the letter.The Historical Nights' Entertainment
But fancy me proffering a spare-rib, well done, to some fair lady!
"Glad to see you back, Islay," said the Paymaster, proffering his Sabbath snuff-mull.Gilian The Dreamer
"It air for you—put it on," she ordered, proffering him the embroidered spread.Tess of the Storm Country
Grace Miller White
They fail so invariably, that the Unions do not risk a shilling by proffering them.Put Yourself in His Place
- (tr) to offer for acceptance; tender
- the act of proffering
C13: from Old French proffrir, from pro- 1 + offrir to offer
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Word Origin and History for proffering
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