buff

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noun

1
: a garment (such 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 about 1820] : fan, enthusiast

buff

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adjective

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

buff

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verb

buffed; buffing; buffs

transitive verb

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

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.
Recent Examples on the Web
Noun
An architecture buff, Kellner also designed and built numerous homes. Michael Schneider, Variety, 22 June 2024 But the real highlight for me was Liz hamming it up while Venus and Q bickered back and forth beside her — making goofy faces, pulling her buff over her eyes, and trying to get Jeff’s licorice out of her teeth. Tom Smyth, Vulture, 8 May 2024
Adjective
Its dense, yet super soft bristles quickly buff makeup into the skin without absorbing excess product, making for a seamless blending secret weapon. Olivia Cigliano, WWD, 26 June 2024 Young shoppers are taking cues from influencers like Jeremy Fragrance, a buff German man with 8.8 million followers on the platform. Callie Holtermann, New York Times, 19 May 2024
Verb
Method 2: Ketchup Buffing Rinse the pewter item(s) in warm water with a mild soap to remove residue and dust. Squeeze ketchup on a soft cloth and buff it into the pewter design. Daley Quinn, Southern Living, 1 July 2024 Which leads us to… Mechanical Exfoliation Another form of physical exfoliation, mechanical leverages tech-savvy devices to buff the complexion. Kari Molvar, Vogue, 1 July 2024 See all Example Sentences for buff 

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Word History

Etymology

Noun

Middle French buffle wild ox, from Old Italian bufalo

First Known Use

Noun

1570, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adjective

1746, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1838, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of buff was in 1570

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Cite this Entry

“Buff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buff. Accessed 13 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

buff

1 of 3 noun
1
: an orange yellow
2
: a device with a soft absorbent surface (as of cloth) for applying polishing material
3
: fan entry 3, enthusiast
a tennis buff

buff

2 of 3 adjective
: of the color buff

buff

3 of 3 verb
: to polish with or as if with a buff

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