buff

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1buff

noun \ˈbəf\

Definition of BUFF

1
:  a garment (as a uniform) made of buff leather
2
:  the state of being nude <sunbathing in the buff>
3
a :  a moderate orange yellow
b :  a light to moderate yellow
4
:  a device having a soft absorbent surface (as of cloth) by which polishing material is applied
5
[earlier buff an enthusiast about going to fires; perhaps from the buff overcoats worn by volunteer firefighters in New York City ab 1820] :  fan, enthusiast

Examples of BUFF

  1. <he's such a film buff that he owns over 3,000 movies>
  2. <protected by a fully enclosed backyard, the couple would frequently sunbathe in the buff>

Origin of BUFF

Middle French buffle wild ox, from Old Italian bufalo
First Known Use: 1570

Other Color Terms

argentine, cerise, cerulean, cyan, ocher, perse, puce, taupe, vermilion

2buff

adjective

: having a strong, muscular body or form

Full Definition of BUFF

1
:  of the color buff
2
or buffed :  having a physique enhanced by bodybuilding exercises

Examples of BUFF

  1. He's at the gym every day trying to get buff.
  2. the buff body of an athlete

First Known Use of BUFF

1746

Other Color Terms

argentine, cerise, cerulean, cyan, ocher, perse, puce, taupe, vermilion

3buff

transitive verb

: to make (a surface) smooth and shiny by rubbing it

Full Definition of BUFF

1
:  polish, shine <waxed and buffed the floor>
2
:  to give a velvety surface to (leather)

Examples of BUFF

  1. The floors are waxed and buffed every year.
  2. She is going to the salon to get her nails buffed.

First Known Use of BUFF

1838

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