Buffle

Definitions

  • Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Buffle The buffalo.
    • v. i Buffle To puzzle; to be at a loss.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n buffle A buffalo.
    • n buffle A duck, Bucephala albeola, abundant in North America. It has a short blue bill and a head the apparent size of which is greatly increased by the fullness of its feathers. The male is chiefly black above and white below, the head being iridescent-black with a large white occipital space. Also called buffle-head, buffle-duck, buffle-headed duck, spirit-duck, dipper, and butterball. Also spelled buffel.
    • buffle To speak thickly or inarticulately.
    • buffle To be puzzled; be at a loss.
    • buffle To handle clumsily.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE., from F. buffle,. See Buffalo

Usage

In literature:

Sir Raffle Buffle was such a one.
"The Last Chronicle of Barset" by Anthony Trollope
Sir Raffle Buffle had told me he was to go to the Income-tax Office.
"The Small House at Allington" by Anthony Trollope
So Buffle took his horse, and sought his man elsewhere.
"Romance of California Life" by John Habberton
Well, as old Buffle used to say, what is a man?
"Magic" by G.K. Chesterton
I shall buffle you with both wings next time.
"The Five Jars" by Montague Rhodes James
Amidst other olfactory treats indigenous to Honey Fair was that of pigs and pig-sties, kept by Mrs. Buffle.
"Mrs. Halliburton's Troubles" by Mrs. Henry Wood
The ruddy duck is known by a number of names such as "wire tail," "dipper," "bullet-head," "buffle-head," etc.
"Game Birds and Game Fishes of the Pacific Coast" by Harry Thom Payne
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In news:

Klein 's 9-foot-wide "Anthropometrie" painting "ANT 93, Le Buffle" ("The Buffalo") will be offered in Christie's May 11 sale of contemporary art.
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