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  1. a blow, as with the hand or fist.
  2. a violent shock or concussion.
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verb (used with object), buf·fet·ed, buf·fet·ing.
  1. to strike, as with the hand or fist.
  2. to strike against or push repeatedly: The wind buffeted the house.
  3. to contend against; battle.
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verb (used without object), buf·fet·ed, buf·fet·ing.
  1. to struggle with blows of hand or fist.
  2. to force one's way by a fight, struggle, etc.
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Origin of buffet1

1175–1225; Middle English < Old French buffe a blow + -et -et
Related formsbuf·fet·er, nounun·buf·fet·ed, adjective


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  • To his extreme astonishment I buffeted him heavily upon the cheek.

    The O'Ruddy

    Stephen Crane

  • 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

    Alfred Ollivant

  • But the storm which buffeted her wings would tear her from this refuge.

  • Then he was buffeted about so terribly that Mildred could not bear to look.

    The Settlers at Home

    Harriet Martineau

British Dictionary definitions for buffeted


  1. (ˈbʊfeɪ) a counter where light refreshments are served
  2. (ˈbʊfeɪ)
    1. a meal at which guests help themselves from a number of dishes and often eat standing up
    2. (as modifier)a buffet lunch
  3. (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
  4. (ˈbʌfɪ) Scot and Northern English dialect a kind of low stool, pouffe, or hassock
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Word Origin

C18: from French, of unknown origin


verb -fets, -feting or -feted
  1. (tr) to knock against or about; batterthe wind buffeted the boat
  2. (tr) to hit, esp with the fist; cuff
  3. to force (one's way), as through a crowd
  4. (intr) to struggle; battle
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  1. a blow, esp with a fist or hand
  2. aerodynamic excitation of an aircraft structure by separated flows
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Derived Formsbuffeter, noun

Word Origin

C13: from Old French buffeter, from buffet a light blow, from buffe, of imitative origin


  1. Bernard (bɛrnar). 1928–99, French painter and engraver. His works are characterized by sombre tones and thin angular forms
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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.

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"table," 1718, from French bufet "bench, stool, sideboard," 12c., of uncertain origin. Sense in English extended 1888 to "meal served from a buffet."

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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.

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