any of several large wild oxen of the family Bovidae.
Compare bison, Cape buffalo, water buffalo.
buffalo robe.
a buffalofish.
a shuffling tap-dance step.
to puzzle or baffle; confuse; mystify:
He was buffaloed by the problem.
to impress or intimidate by a display of power, importance, etc.:
The older boys buffaloed him.
a port in W New York, on Lake Erie.
Contemporary Examples

Neil Young Autobiography: 9 Juiciest Bits Mike Munoz September 25, 2012
Andrew Cuomo Ignores Rural New York David Fontana November 7, 2014
The Serial Killer Victim’s Secret Life Christine Pelisek, Roja Heydarpour April 23, 2011
Sully’s New Air Safety Warning Josh Dzieza April 27, 2011
When Activism Is Worse Than Apathy Nancy Kaffer October 5, 2014

Historical Examples

The Land of Footprints Stewart Edward White
Within the Law Marvin Dana
The Ranche on the Oxhide Henry Inman
The Trail Book Mary Austin
Historic Towns of the Western States Various

noun (pl) -loes, -lo
Also called Cape buffalo. a member of the cattle tribe, Syncerus caffer, mostly found in game reserves in southern and eastern Africa and having upward-curving horns
short for water buffalo
(US & Canadian) Also called bison. a member of the cattle tribe, Bison bison, formerly widely distributed over the prairies of W North America but now confined to reserves and parks, with a massive head, shaggy forequarters, and a humped back related adjective bubaline
verb (transitive) (US & Canadian, informal)
(often passive) to confuse
to intimidate
a port in W New York State, at the E end of Lake Erie. Pop: 285 018 (2003 est)

Note: Niagara Falls is northwest of Buffalo.

A heavy or fat woman; cow (1950s+)
A black person •This sense reflects that black troopers were called buffalo soldiers by Native Americans (1870s+)

To confuse someone purposely, esp in order to cheat or dupe (1870+)
To intimidate; cow; bulldoze (1890+)

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