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buff

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noun \ˈbəf\

Definition of buff

  1. 1 :  a garment (as a uniform) made of buff leather

  2. 2 :  the state of being nude <sunbathing in the buff>

  3. 3 a :  a moderate orange yellow b :  a light to moderate yellow

  4. 4 :  a device having a soft absorbent surface (as of cloth) by which polishing material is applied

  5. 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


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buff

adjective

Simple Definition of buff

  • : having a strong, muscular body or form

Full Definition of buff

  1. 1 :  of the color buff

  2. 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



1746

First Known Use of buff

1746


3

buff

verb

Simple Definition of buff

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

Full Definition of buff

  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 :  polish, shine <waxed and buffed the floor>

  3. 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.



1838

First Known Use of buff

1838




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