profrer (c.1260)

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profrer (c.1260)

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[ FEW: 9,428b proferre; Gdf: ; GdfC: 10,426a proferer; TL: 7,1951 proferer /7,1952 proferir; DEAF:  proferer; DMF:  proférer / ofrir; TLF:  proférer; OED:  profer v. / proffer v.; MED:  profren v.; DMLBS: 2490b proferre ]
proefrir,  proferer,  profferer,  proffrir,  profrir,  profryr,  propherer,  proufrir,  profeire  203 purfrer; 
ind.pres.3 profruit, 
p.p. profert,  profré,  profry,  profyt  

The entries parofrir, profrer, and puroffrir have been split based on etymological grounds. They ultimately derive from Latin offerre, (DMLBS 2009a)with the addition of a prefix, which generated the form proferre in medieval Latin (DMLBS 2490b), with the senses of ‘to produce; to display; to present, proffer’. This verb also had the sense of ‘to pronounce, utter’. These two verbs are distinguished in modern English, giving proffer and profer, now obsolete, while in modern French, the single form proférer, is now used with the sense of ‘to pronounce, utter’ is now used (though the TLF notes literary examples of the sense of 'porter en avant, produire').


1to offer, proffer
( c.1292; MS: c.1300 )  qe les seignurs dounent ou profrent mariages  ii 23
( 1316 )  Il fust essoné vers plusurs en un bref ou chescun de eux profirent a fere ly noun suy vers ly  Ed II xx 4
( 1357 )  lui ount profré pur soun travaile solom ce qe lai maryne demande  121 offer for sale
( s.xivin; MS: s.xivm )  de profrer lur marchandie les viles ou le pays vont regeantes  166
( 1417-73 )  Item, qe null’ du dit mistier (=cutlers’ guild) oevere par noet nul manere de cotelerye, ne profra cotelrye a Evenchepyng as hostelries  376r
lawto present, show, offer as evidence
( c.1260; MS: c.1275 )  ke le jugement est leus e bon e [...] ke le record fu fet tel come yl le profrent  100
2to utter, express
( MS: s.xivm )  Ceste chose que nous meux entendoms et ceo nous proferoms meux  5vb


1lawto present, show, offer evidence
( 1316 )  Aprés ceo qe le demaundaunt ad profyt (var. profreprofert ) en play de graunt assise  Ed II xx 145


1to offer, present (oneself)
( 1260; MS: c.1300 )  issi ke on se proffre le chanpiun present  116
( 1280-1307; MS: s.xiv1 )  Et cil pur sainte eglyse se profre champyoun  382.1435
2lawto present oneself at the bar to take part in a legal proceeding
( 1280 )  l’abbé se proffry devant le conseyl le roi  8
( MS: s.xiv1/4 )  J. [...] se proffre vers W. de N. en play de grante assise  36
se profrer a fere
1to undertake to do
( c.1292; MS: c.1300 )  se profre a fere homage a soen seignur  ii 16
( s.xiiiex; MS: s.xiv1/3 )  il tendi tesmoin qi se proffrir a fere la desrenee  111
se proffrer pur
1to claim to be
( c.1292; MS: c.1300 )  acun qi se profre pur dreit heir  ii 53
offrir  parofrir  profre  profrour  puroffre  puroffrir 
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