- The definition of buff is slang to describe a muscular person.
An example of buff is Jillian Michaels, the celebrity personal trainer.
- A buff is a person who is a big fan of or knowledgeable about something.
An example of buff is someone with their house decorated in David Lynch film posters.
- Buff means to smooth, clean or shine by rubbing.
An example of to buff is using a many textured foam block to smooth and shine finger nails.
A buff couple.
buff definition by Webster's New World
- a heavy, soft, brownish-yellow leather made from the skin of the buffalo or from other animal hides
- a military coat made of this leather
- a stick or small block covered with leather or cloth, used for cleaning or shining
- buffing wheel
- a dull brownish yellow
- ☆ Informal a devotee or enthusiast, as of a particular area of interest: a jazz buff
Origin: earlier buffe, buffalo ; from French buffle ; from Italian bufalo, buffalo
- made of buff
- of the color buff
- Slang physically, often sexually attractive, as by being pleasingly fit and muscular or having a sexually desirable figure
- to clean or shine with a buff or treated cloth
- to make smooth or soft like buff
Origin: Middle English and amp; Old French buffe: see buffet
buff definition by American Heritage Dictionary
- A soft, thick, undyed leather made chiefly from the skins of buffalo, elk, or oxen.
- A military uniform coat made of such leather.
- A pale, light, or moderate yellowish pink to yellow, including moderate orange-yellow to light yellowish brown.
- Informal Bare skin: swimming in the buff.
- A piece of soft material, such as velvet or leather, often mounted on a block and used for polishing.
- Made or formed of buff: a buff jacket.
- Of the color buff.
- buff·er, buff·est Slang Having good muscle tone; physically fit and trim: buff athletes lifting weights at the gym.
- To polish or shine with a piece of soft material.
- To soften the surface of (leather) by raising a nap.
- To make the color of buff.
Origin: From obsolete buffle, buffalo, from French buffle, from Late Latin būfalus; see buffalo .
Origin: From the buff-colored uniform worn by New York volunteer firemen around 1920, originally applied to an enthusiast of fires and firefighting.
buff - Phrases/Idioms
in the buff