Definition of proffer in US English:

proffer

verb

[with object]
  • Hold out (something) to someone for acceptance; offer.

    ‘he proffered his resignation’
    • ‘All accused persons can ordinarily expect to receive the benefit of some credit in the matter of sentence (and for that matter in the non-parole period also) when proffering a plea of guilty.’
    • ‘Adding to the action will be wedding vendors - planners, limo reps, hair stylists, photographers, jewelers, etc. - proffering their wares.’
    • ‘Subdued like many of his compatriots early on, Ballack grew stronger as the competition progressed, netting match-winners and proffering the kind of midfield creativity that Germany so clearly lacked.’
    • ‘It brings together a range of practitioners, scholars and entrepreneurs proffering a swirl of opinions, ideas and stories about where things are going with independent media.’
    • ‘Six years after that, he was elected leader of the free world and began ‘case cracking’ on a dizzying array of subjects, proffering his various solutions, in both foreign and domestic affairs.’
    • ‘They too will have to work with accepting the new notes and with proffering the correct change.’
    • ‘The Swede is not averse to proffering a glowing reference: ‘He's a great guy.’’
    • ‘Scots have always been known for the genuine warmth of their welcome, proffering a dram or cup of tea with the extended hand of friendship.’
    • ‘Theories were suggested, opinions were proffered, heads of channels pontificated.’
    • ‘With around a third of those who resigned from clubs proffering the explanation that they were not playing enough to make their memberships worthwhile, pay-and-play courses continue to prosper.’
    offer, tender, present, extend, give, submit, volunteer, suggest, propose, put forward
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noun

literary
  • An offer or proposal.

    • ‘Obviously, she never said that - again, read the proffer - and she stuck to her guns.’
    • ‘Such repentance takes place when the external proffer of grace concurs with inward assistance of grace.’
    • ‘Once the defendant spills the beans at the proffer, his lawyers and the government lawyers work out a deal - how much will the government give up for his information or testimony?’
    • ‘Said here, here is the deal, here is a written proffer.’
    • ‘And then, as I found out only the same day, on March 23 of 1983, he, in a five-minute segment at the end of his broadcast, he announced the proposal as a proffer to the Soviet government.’
    • ‘If history is any guide a lot of this diplomacy was doubtless clumsily done, in alternations between proffers of carrots and threats of the stick.’
    proposal, suggestion, proposition, recommendation, presentation, tender, bid, offer
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Origin

Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French proffrir, from Latin pro- ‘before’ + offerre ‘to offer’.

Pronunciation

proffer

/ˈpräfər//ˈprɑfər/