Buff meaning

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A pale, light, or moderate yellowish pink to yellow, including moderate orange-yellow to light yellowish brown.
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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.

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To make the color of buff.
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The definition of buff is slang to describe a muscular person.

An example of buff is Jillian Michaels, the celebrity personal trainer.

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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.

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A soft, thick, undyed leather made chiefly from the skins of buffalo, elk, or oxen.
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A military uniform coat made of such leather.
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A piece of soft material, such as velvet or leather, often mounted on a block and used for polishing.
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Made or formed of buff.

A buff jacket.

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Of the color buff.
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(slang) Having good muscle tone; physically fit and trim.

Buff athletes lifting weights at the gym.

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To polish or shine with a piece of soft material.
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To soften the surface of (leather) by raising a nap.
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One who is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about a subject.

A Civil War buff.

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A heavy, soft, brownish-yellow leather made from the skin of the buffalo or from other animal hides.
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(historical) A military coat made of this leather.
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A dull brownish-yellow color.
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(informal) A devotee or enthusiast, as of a particular area of interest.

A jazz buff.

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Made of buff.
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Of the color buff.
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(slang) Physically, often sexually attractive, as by being pleasingly fit and muscular or having a sexually desirable figure.
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To clean or shine with a buff or treated cloth.
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To make smooth or soft like buff.
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A blow.
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To lessen the force of.
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To be a buffer.
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in the buff
  • Naked.
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in the buff
  • naked; nude
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Other Word Forms

Noun

Singular:
buff
Plural:
buffs

Adjective

Base Form:
buff
Comparative:
buffer 1
Superlative:
buffest

Idioms and Phrasal Verbs

Origin of buff

  • From the buff-colored uniform worn by New York volunteer firemen in the 19th century, originally applied to an enthusiast of fires and firefighting

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • From obsolete buffle buffalo from French buffle from Late Latin būfalus buffalo

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition