Word of the Day: Proffer


prof-fer / prŏf-ər


1. an offer or the act of making a formal offer or presenting for acceptance

Instead of cutting a deal before information is divulged, a prosecutor will almost always insist on scheduling a “proffer of information,” where the target and his attorney will meet with the prosecutor and investigating agent so that the target can set out what he knows.

Mark Osler, “Robert Mueller’s investigation: Understanding an expert at work”, ‘Star Tribune’, www.startribune.com/robert-mueller-s-investigation-understanding-an-expert-at-work/461936353, December 5, 2017


1. to offer, to present for acceptance

This is only the first sip, the first foretaste of a bitter cup which will be proffered to us year by year unless by a supreme recovery of moral health and martial vigour, we arise again and take our stand for freedom as in the olden time.

From “The Gathering Storm” by Winston Churchill, 1874 – 1965