\ ˈbəf How to pronounce buff (audio) \

Definition of buff

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : a garment (such as a uniform) made of buff leather
2 : the state of being nude sunbathing in the buff
3a : 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 about 1820] : fan, enthusiast



Definition of buff (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : of the color buff
2 or buffed \ ˈbəft How to pronounce buff (audio) \ : having a physique enhanced by bodybuilding exercises


buffed; buffing; buffs

Definition of buff (Entry 3 of 3)

transitive verb

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

Synonyms & Antonyms for buff

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

Antonyms: Noun

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Examples of buff in a Sentence

Noun he's such a film buff that he owns over 3,000 movies protected by a fully enclosed backyard, the couple would frequently sunbathe in the buff Adjective He's at the gym every day trying to get buff. the buff body of an athlete Verb The floors are waxed and buffed every year. She is going to the salon to get her nails buffed. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun This scratch-off poster is a fun way to boost film-watching bragging rights for your favorite movie buff. Karla Pope, Woman's Day, 4 May 2022 There are no frills at Cinemark 16, just fun for any movie buff on a budget. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 26 Apr. 2022 Warners also shared a very brief look at the Aquaman sequel, which featured a buff-as-ever Jason Momoa as the watery superhero and a menacing Black Manta, played by Yahya Abdul-Manteen II. Chris Gardner, The Hollywood Reporter, 26 Apr. 2022 Wavesplitter – All three old trace rifles are getting a buff (Prometheus Lens applies burn now, watch that too for Solar 3.o), but Wavesplitter caught my eye the most. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 23 Apr. 2022 In 2013, Amazon tapped aviation buff and software engineer Gur Kimchi to run its nascent drone program, now known as Prime Air. Spencer Soper, Matt Day, Fortune, 11 Apr. 2022 But a light laser that does a slight buff and shine. Glamour, 7 Apr. 2022 That movie buff will praise a gift card to catch the latest box office hits, finally. Christian Gollayan, Men's Health, 25 Mar. 2022 At Sacks’s house in the country one day, Hayes runs down the quarter-mile driveway and back in the buff. Margaret Talbot, The New Yorker, 14 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective But most of the attention has come from other boys on TikTok looking to get buff. New York Times, 5 Mar. 2022 Barred Rocks, buff Orpingtons and all types of bantams set well. John Schandelmeier, Anchorage Daily News, 16 Apr. 2022 Then again, few of us are as buff as The Rock or as suave as James Bond. Callum Borchers, WSJ, 31 Mar. 2022 And here’s the real naked truth about nude art modeling: Most models do not look like buff male athletes that leaped off a Grecian urn or come-hither maidens that sauntered off a Renaissance canvas. René A. Guzman, San Antonio Express-News, 9 Feb. 2022 Around the aquamarines is a festoon motif of pink rubellites, buff-top amethysts and white diamonds set in pink gold. WSJ, 2 Nov. 2021 After taking a beating from a particularly buff brute named Atrinox—leader of the Banished, a rebel organization that broke off from the Covenant Empire—the Master Chief is found floating operatically in deep space. Will Bedingfield, Wired, 19 Nov. 2021 All the women were thin, all the men were buff, and everybody was always touching each other. Washington Post, 23 Nov. 2021 There aren’t too many hummingbirds with a buff belly. oregonlive, 20 Nov. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb What about the people who buff the Bay Bridge to a shine? Gwendolyn Wu, San Francisco Chronicle, 2 May 2022 Gently buff away dullness and impurities with this scrub, best used every two to three days. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 Somerville’s exfoliant for the face formulated for the body to buff away rough skin. Fiorella Valdesolo, WSJ, 5 Apr. 2022 Then, let your screen air dry and buff again with a microfiber cloth. Zee Krstic, Good Housekeeping, 25 Apr. 2022 After using your removal product of choice, buff wet skin with the mitt to make sure all of the unwanted tan is removed. ELLE, 22 Apr. 2022 Cleanse and buff away dull skin in the shower with Tula’s 3-in-1 polish, or massage in Tata Harper’s Redefining Body Balm post-shower to hydrate and minimize the appearance of stretch marks. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 8 Apr. 2022 Once the oil has absorbed, buff the utensil with a cloth before using, or apply a second coat for an extra-shiny finish if desired. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 4 Jan. 2022 That leaves the Braves financial leeway to buff out the rotation and bullpen and add an outfielder. Gabe Lacques, USA TODAY, 15 Mar. 2022 See More

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First Known Use of buff


1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for buff


Middle French buffle wild ox, from Old Italian bufalo

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\ ˈbəf How to pronounce buff (audio) \

Kids Definition of buff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a pale orange yellow
2 : a stick or wheel with a soft surface for applying polish
3 : fan entry 3 a music buff


buffed; buffing

Kids Definition of buff (Entry 2 of 2)

: to polish with or as if with a buff

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