[ buhf-uh-loh ]
/ ˈbʌf əˌloʊ /
noun, plural buf·fa·loes, buf·fa·los, (especially collectively) buf·fa·lo.
verb (used with object), buf·fa·loed, buf·fa·lo·ing. Informal.
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.
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Origin of buffalo
1535–45, Americanism; earlier bufalo < Portuguese (now bufaro) < Late Latin būfalus, variant of Latin būbalus bubal
Words nearby buffalo
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Example sentences from the Web for buffaloing
When it comes to buffaloing the opposite side, that's my long suit.The Outlet|Andy Adams
British Dictionary definitions for buffaloing (1 of 2)
/ (ˈbʌfəˌləʊ) /
a port in W New York State, at the E end of Lake Erie. Pop: 285 018 (2003 est)
British Dictionary definitions for buffaloing (2 of 2)
/ (ˈbʌfəˌləʊ) /
noun plural -loes or -lo
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
verb (tr) US and Canadian informal
(often passive) to confuse
Word Origin for buffalo
C16: from Italian bufalo, from Late Latin būfalus, alteration of Latin būbalus; see bubal
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Cultural definitions for buffaloing
notes for Buffalo
Niagara Falls is northwest of Buffalo.
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