- to puzzle or baffle; confuse; mystify: He was buffaloed by the problem.
- to impress or intimidate by a display of power, importance, etc.: The older boys buffaloed him.
Origin of buffalo
- a port in W New York, on Lake Erie.
Related Words for buffalothrill, faze, excite, touch, affect, awe, sway, inspire, dismay, dishearten, constrain, bully, subdue, alarm, appall, coerce, daunt, scare, terrify, terrorize
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Contemporary Examples of buffalo
Buffalo ranked tenth in the nation, while Detroit and Pittsburgh ranked twelth and thirteenth, respectively.The Rustbelt Roars Back From the Dead
Joel Kotkin, Richey Piiparinen
December 7, 2014
A remarkable snowstorm plowed through Buffalo, New York on Tuesday.WATCH: "Lake Effect" Snowstorm Batters Buffalo
The Daily Beast Video
November 19, 2014
After he graduated high school, Stasio enrolled at the University at Buffalo and entered the ROTC program.How the NSA Became a Killing Machine
November 9, 2014
Buffalo has been growing again, but it does not have 370,000 millionaires like New York City has.Andrew Cuomo Ignores Rural New York
November 8, 2014
They asked the director of the Buffalo Zoo for some wallaby hair.Ebola's Roots Are 50 Times Older Than Mankind. And That Could Be the Key to Stopping It.
October 20, 2014
Historical Examples of buffalo
In its fright, it had probably mistaken us for a band of buffalo.The Exploring Expedition to the Rocky Mountains, Oregon and California
Brevet Col. J.C. Fremont
You were arrested in Buffalo, convicted, and served your stretch.Within the Law
But the buffalo had come south that winter for the early grass.
My friend uses no water—you ought to have seen his bill at the Buffalo hotel.In the Midst of Alarms
"That is the Pawnees, singing their travel song," said the Buffalo Chief.
- Also called: Cape buffalo a member of the cattle tribe, Syncerus caffer, mostly found in game reserves in southern and eastern Africa and having upward-curving horns
- short for water buffalo
- Also called: bison US and Canadian a member of the cattle tribe, Bison bison, formerly widely distributed over the prairies of W North America but now confined to reserves and parks, with a massive head, shaggy forequarters, and a humped backRelated adjective: bubaline
- (often passive) to confuse
- to intimidate
Word Origin for buffalo
- a port in W New York State, at the E end of Lake Erie. Pop: 285 018 (2003 est)
1580s (earlier buffel, 1510s, from Middle French), from Portuguese bufalo "water buffalo," from Latin bufalus, variant of bubalus "wild ox," from Greek boubalos "buffalo," originally a kind of African antelope, later used of a type of domesticated ox in southern Asia and the Mediterranean lands, perhaps from bous "ox, cow" (see cow (n.)). Wrongly applied since 1630s to the American bison. Buffalo gnat is recorded from 1822.
city in western New York state, U.S., of disputed origin (there never were buffalo thereabouts), perhaps from the name of a native chief, or a corruption of French beau fleuve "beautiful river." Buffalo wings finger food so called because the recipe was invented in Buffalo (1964, at Frank & Teressa's Anchor Bar on Main Street).
"alarm, overawe," 1900, from buffalo (n.). Probably from the animals' tendency to mass panic. Related: Buffaloed; buffaloing.