[ prof-er ]
/ ˈprɒf ər /

verb (used with object)

to put before a person for acceptance; offer.


the act of proffering.
an offer or proposal.

Nearby words

  1. professor,
  2. professorate,
  3. professorial,
  4. professoriate,
  5. professorship,
  6. profibrinolysin,
  7. proficiency,
  8. proficiency badge,
  9. proficient,
  10. proficiently

Origin of proffer

1250–1300; Middle English profren < Anglo-French profrer, variant of Old French poroffrir, equivalent to por- pro-1 + offrir to offer

Related formsprof·fer·er, nounun·prof·fered, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for proffered


/ (ˈprɒfə) /


(tr) to offer for acceptance; tender


the act of proffering
Derived Formsprofferer, noun

Word Origin for proffer

C13: from Old French proffrir, from pro- 1 + offrir to offer

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Word Origin and History for proffered



"to offer," late 13c., from Anglo-French profrier (mid-13c.), Old French poroffrir (11c.), from por- "forth" (from Latin pro-; see pro-) + offrir "to offer," from Latin offerre (see offer (v.)). Related: Proffered; proffering. As a noun from late 14c.

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