If you present something for acceptance or rejection, you proffer it. Say your mom is under so much stress she forgets her own birthday. You may want to proffer her some advice, like, "Quit that job."
What's the difference between proffer and offer? If you say you "proffered" something to a friend, it suggests a spirit of generosity and it signals that your friend was welcome to accept or reject it as he saw fit. In other words, proffer is usually a little more polite than offer. To remember this, think of the following equation: p[oliteness] + offer = proffer.
n a proposal offered for acceptance or rejection
breath, hint, intimation
an indirect suggestion
ghost, touch, trace
a suggestion of some quality
advance, approach, feeler, overture
a tentative suggestion designed to elicit the reactions of others
- Type of:
something proposed (such as a plan or assumption)