a blow, as with the hand or fist.
a violent shock or concussion.

verb (used with object), buf·fet·ed, buf·fet·ing.

verb (used without object), buf·fet·ed, buf·fet·ing.

to struggle with blows of hand or fist.
to force one's way by a fight, struggle, etc.

Origin of buffet

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

Synonyms for buffet

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Related Words for buffeting

clobber, batter, jolt, pummel, box, knock, pound, shove, spank, flail, beat, bump, wallop, smack, slap, blow, thrash, bang, cuff, push

Examples from the Web for buffeting

Historical Examples of buffeting

  • But nearly a year of buffeting about had taught him many things.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • Giant hands with claws of foam were clutching, buffeting us.

    The Trail of '98

    Robert W. Service

  • There is a rhythm to this chaos of crossing, buffeting waves.

  • The salty spray increased to a gentle rain, buffeting her cheeks.

    Judith Lynn

    Annie Hamilton Donnell

  • How well calculated to stand the buffeting of the winds and waves!

British Dictionary definitions for buffeting



response of an aircraft structure to buffet, esp an irregular oscillation of the tail




(ˈbʊfeɪ) a counter where light refreshments are served
  1. a meal at which guests help themselves from a number of dishes and often eat standing up
  2. (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

Word Origin for buffet

C18: from French, of unknown origin



verb -fets, -feting or -feted

(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
Derived Formsbuffeter, noun

Word Origin for buffet

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



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Word Origin and History for buffeting



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.

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