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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.
Historical Examples

The Outlet Andy Adams

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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