• WordNet 3.6
    • v proffer present for acceptance or rejection "She offered us all a cold drink"
    • n proffer a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection "it was a suggestion we couldn't refuse"
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Proffer An offer made; something proposed for acceptance by another; a tender; as, proffers of peace or friendship. "He made a proffer to lay down his commission."
    • Proffer Essay; attempt.
    • Proffer To essay or attempt of one's own accord; to undertake, or propose to undertake.
    • Proffer To offer for acceptance; to propose to give; to make a tender of; as, to proffer a gift; to proffer services; to proffer friendship. "I reck not what wrong that thou me profre ."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • proffer To bring or put forward; hold forth.
    • proffer To hold forth so that a person may take; offer for acceptance: as, to proffer a gift; to proffer services; to proffer friendship.
    • proffer Synonyms To tender, volunteer, propose.
    • proffer To dodge.
    • n proffer An offer made; something proposed for acceptance by another: as, proffers of peace or friendship.
    • n proffer In law, an offer or endeavor to proceed in an action.
    • n proffer An essay; an attempt.
    • n proffer A rabbit-burrow.
    • n proffer Synonyms Tender, proposal.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.t Proffer prof′ėr to bring forward: to propose: to offer for acceptance
    • n Proffer an offer made: a proposal
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
OE. profren, proferen, F. proférer, fr. L. proferre, to bring forth or forward, to offer; pro, forward + ferre, to bring. See Bear to produce


In literature:

I take it you decline this proffered duel?
"The Stowmarket Mystery" by Louis Tracy
He proffered me his hand.
"Tramping on Life" by Harry Kemp
I have no wisdom to offer; nor dare proffer it, if such I had.
"A Friend of Caesar" by William Stearns Davis
He set foot on it cautiously and proffered a hand.
"Far to Seek" by Maud Diver
She proffered the bag.
"The Poor Little Rich Girl" by Eleanor Gates
He got up and proffered his hand.
"Sundown Slim" by Henry Hubert Knibbs
So he refused the proffered dignity and informed the monarch of his desire to return home.
"Hero Tales and Legends of the Rhine" by Lewis Spence
It was not a very serious promise, and it was plainly proffered in a spirit of propitiation.
"The Safety Curtain, and Other Stories" by Ethel M. Dell
Then he bowed again twice, and, with a pleasing smile proffered his hand.
"The Pride of Palomar" by Peter B. Kyne
He showed wisdom in a preference for his own household over the proffered royal quarters which would have been assigned him.
"The Onlooker, Volume 1, Part 2" by Various
De Lacy received the bit of lace from the page and proffered it to the Countess.
"Beatrix of Clare" by John Reed Scott
He had the noble idea of proffering him a life-belt.
"Atlantis" by Gerhart Hauptmann
Bogstad and Signe had proffered their help, but they had been ordered into the house and Signe was told to prepare the evening meal.
"Added Upon" by Nephi Anderson
Napoleon consented to the acceptance of the proffered dignity by Bernadotte.
"The History of Napoleon Buonaparte" by John Gibson Lockhart
Indeed, she had not accepted Anderson's proffer of a chair.
"The Debtor" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
Kennedy selected a pint bottle, filled it from the big flask, and silently proffered it over the board.
"Ben Blair" by Will Lillibridge
Jerome's eyes followed hers, and he sprang up suddenly, his face blazing, and made out that he did not see the proffered little hand.
"Jerome, A Poor Man" by Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
When Reynolds was in Rome, aged twenty-one, he fell in with a tatterdemalion, who proffered his service as guide.
"Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 4 (of 14)" by Elbert Hubbard
You will observe that the good solicitor declines with thanks your proffered chair.
"Dollars and Sense" by Col. Wm. C. Hunter
After the meal, which Bobby enjoyed thoroughly, because it was so different from what he had at home, he had a request to proffer.
"The Adventures of Bobby Orde" by Stewart Edward White

In poetry:

Hail, brother! fling thy banner
To the billows and the breeze;
We proffer thee warm welcome
With our hand, though not our knees.
"The United States To Great Britain" by Mary Baker Eddy
Through the Steppes, see there he glances!
Silent flood glad hailed by me,--
Thy far distant sons do proffer
Through me, greeting fond to thee!
"To The Don" by Alexander Sergeyevich Pushkin
Hail! to the lady fair,
In innocence, who came
And turned with scorn from the proffer'd snare,
The barter of her fame—
My boys!
The barter of her fame.
"The Queen's Triumph" by Samuel Bamford
The Sailor she lov'd was a Fisherman's son,
All dangers he triumph'd to meet;
Well repaid, if a smile from his Mary he won,
As he proffer'd his spoils at her feet.
"Mary" by Thomas Gent
But she said to him, "The goods you proffer
Are far from my mind as the silk of the sea!
The arms of him, my young love, round me,
Is all the treasure that's true for me!"
"Spinning Songs" by Padraic Colum
Besides, thy death and bloud
Show'd a strange love to all our good:
Thy sorrows were in earnest; no faint proffer,
Or superficiall offer
Of what we might not take, or be withstood.
"Obedience" by George Herbert

In news:

From the thatched-roof outdoor bar, the house proffers its well-known caipirinhas (the signature cocktail of Brazil , made with lime, sugar and the rumlike liquor cachaça ).
We had already said "yes" to nearly every item the smiling server proffered from the cart at Dim Sum House.
But in reality, these golden odes come from a barely post-teen sister duo, Swedes in woolen jumpers, ladies of the fjords doing a pitch-perfect proffer of lilting Laurel Canyon Americana.
Kelly Cutrone, left, proffers her brand of fashion PR in Bravo reality show ' Kell on Earth.'.
I've always felt fairly conflicted when it comes to proffering awards for the fine and performing arts.
When the clones come to harvest our organs, they will speak to us like George Saunders—swiftly, smoothly, proffering bits of Pop-Tarts.
A proffer they can't refuse Hamilton volunteers earn their share of gratitude.
Clayton Wesley Proffer , 94, died Sept 25, 2010, at the Missouri Veterans Home in Cape Girardeau.
The 91-page proffer is a general blueprint of the government's case against Rod Blagojevich and the most detailed look at the prosecution's evidence thus far.
Murray plowed through dozens of proffered screenplays, but he couldn't bring himself to accept any of them.
True to its "Small Gift, Big Smile" slogan, SANRIO proffers the ultimate in cute, cuddly schlock you can't possibly live without.
It has been encouraging to hear Republicans balk at some of the excuses proffered for their party's loss in the presidential election.
The value of freely proffered advice at Hunterdon's local stores.
Ask most musicians to describe their sound, and a generic answer is likely to be proffered quickly.
Which is exactly what Forbes should have concluded before proffering advice to poor black kids.

In science:

The explanation proffered of teleportation does not differ in substance from that which would be given by an account sharing the same initial assumptions, such as that of Braunstein.
Nonlocality and information flow: The approach of Deutsch and Hayden
Interoperability and security: The interoperability proffered by IP has enabled converged networks that provide both data and voice to become common in businesses , and a variety of triple play providers currently offer residential data, voice, and video on converged networks .
Grid Information Security Functional Requirement - Fulfilling Information Security of a Smart Grid System
Being optimistic and barring such pathologies, the supreme challenge is now to unveil the secret behind the numbers we have found; and, whatever hypothesis is profferred to explain E10 , it must be tested against these numbers.
On the Imaginary Simple Roots of the Borcherds Algebra $g_{II_{9,1}}$
Magnetohydrodynamic (MHD) mode conversion has long been proffered as an explanation of observations (Braun, Duvall, and LaBonte, 1988; Braun, 1995) of f and p-mode “absorption” by sunspots.
An Exact Test of Generalized Ray Theory in Local Helioseismology
Yet no indication of the efficiency of injection was proffered, and it is unclear that this type of boundary layer acceleration can be very effective in the presence of shear turbulence that is naturally established in jet entrainment of the surrounding ambient material.
Cosmic Ray Origin, Acceleration and Propagation
It may also furnish an alternative explanation to that proffered in Solf (1992) for the enormous line widths observed in knots of the collimated outflow from R Aquarii.
Polarization Profiles of Scattered Emission Lines. I. General Formalism for Optically Thin Rayleigh Scattering