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- v. To puzzle; to be at a loss.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. The buffalo.
- intransitive v. To puzzle; to be at a loss.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. A buffalo.
- n. A duck, Bucephala albeola, abundant in North America.
- To speak thickly or inarticulately.
- To be puzzled; be at a loss.
- To handle clumsily.
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The named bounced around a bit -- buffs, bufle, buffle, buffalo, buffaloe -- but it had begun to settle into its modern form by the time of the American revolution.
BUFF (from Fr. _buffle_, a buffalo), a leather originally made from the skin of the buffalo, now also from the skins of other animals, of a dull pale yellow colour, used for making the buffcoat or jerkin, a leathern military coat.
The hart and the roe, the buffle, the chamois, the pygarg, the wild goat, the camelopardalus.
He declared, later and to others, for Merle was not his son, that the young man was highly languageous and highly crazy; that his talk was the crackling of thorns under a pot; that he was a vain canter -- "forever canting," said Sharon -- "a buffle-headed fellow, talking, bragging."
"I got fifteen -- counting shell-drake, two redheads, a black duck, and some buffle-heads."
The "little marquise" was his daughter Elizabeth, and the buffle-headed marquis was Pierre de Caumont, Marquis de Cugnac, whom she married in 1652.
But this poor lady had a greater loss of my Lord Hastings who died just when they should have been married, and sure she could not think she had recovered it at all by marrying this buffle-headed Marquis.
In a small pool, down in a hollow, were a couple of little dipper ducks or buffle-heads; they rose slowly against the wind, and offered such fair marks that it was out of the question to miss them.
"Why not buffle the whole company, my lord?" said Masaroon, while Mr. Dubbin talked apart with Lady Euphemia, who had come from the other end of the barge to warn her husband against excess in Rhenish or Burgundy.
‘Buffalo’ also is Spanish; ‘buff’ or ‘buffle’ being the proper English word;