- 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 buffeted
It has been subject to political sensitivities and soapbox rhetoric, buffeted by popular disbelief and official omertà.Why Humanitarians Talk to ISIS
October 24, 2014
Beltway firms large and small have been buffeted by the sequester.Booz Allen Keeps Winning Government Security Contracts After Snowden Leak
August 15, 2013
The Czech government has been buffeted in recent months by a series of corruption scandals that have threatened to bring it down.Czech Republic's President Might be Tried for Treason
February 28, 2013
Stockman, who gets airsick when buffeted by the winds, has pressure-point wristbands and a patch on her neck to combat the nausea.Chris Hedges and Joe Sacco Chronicle Mining Catastrophes in West Virginia
Chris Hedges, Joe Sacco
June 14, 2012
Ordinary Pakistanis are struggling to hold themselves together, buffeted by inflation, energy shortages, and worry.Zardari’s Woes: Pakistan’s Dismal Economy, an Angry Army, Corruption Charges, Memogate
January 20, 2012
To his extreme astonishment I buffeted him heavily upon the cheek.The O'Ruddy
Besides, it had bat wings, with which it buffeted the knight, but its tail was short.The Five Jars
Montague Rhodes James
Up and up they climbed through the blackness, blind and buffeted.Bob, Son of Battle
But the storm which buffeted her wings would tear her from this refuge.A Coin of Edward VII
Then he was buffeted about so terribly that Mildred could not bear to look.The Settlers at Home
- (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 buffeted
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.