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Thread #47889   Message #1948030
Posted By: Q (Frank Staplin)
25-Jan-07 - 05:50 PM
Thread Name: Origins: Fiddler's Green
Subject: RE: Lyr Req: Fiddler's Green
BUFFER, Slang, applying to people or animals. OED
Buffer 3, meaning a fellow: usually expressing a slight degree of contempt. In print from 1749.
Buffer 1, a dog, or a dog-like person. From 17th c.
Buffer 2, a foolish fellow; Scottish and dialect, 19th c.

Also other meanings, not slang.

Agreed, buffer as slang no longer used in U. S. A., but appears in some 18-19c. materials.