c. 1300, proferen, "to utter, express," from Old French proferer (13c.) "utter, present verbally, pronounce" and directly from Latin proferre "to bring forth, produce," figuratively "make known, publish, quote, utter." The sense is confused with proffer, and the word now is archaic or obsolete. Related: Profered; profering.
updated on November 28, 2020