buff

noun
\ ˈbəf \

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

buff

adjective

Definition of buff (Entry 2 of 3)

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

buff

verb
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)

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Synonyms & Antonyms for buff

Synonyms: Noun

addict, aficionado (also afficionado), bug, devotee, enthusiast, fan, fanatic, fancier, fiend, fool, freak, habitué (also habitue), head, hound, junkie (also junky), lover, maniac, maven (also mavin), nut, sucker

Synonyms: Verb

file, grind, hone, rasp, rub, sand

Antonyms: Noun

nonfan

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

According to Complex, Bullock's home in the movie is located in Monrovia, California—a suburb of Los Angeles and film buffs are flocking to the scene to see it in person. Taylor Mead, House Beautiful, "Netflix's Bird Box House Is Now Attracting Tourists," 4 Jan. 2019 Noticeable buffs lift up formerly lower-tier characters like Robin and Sonic, while Ken's moveset takes the same moves Ryu has and pumps the right amount of secret sauce into them (particularly his flaming dragon punch). Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Smash Bros. Ultimate review: The best fighting game on any Nintendo system," 6 Dec. 2018 After one Twitter user decided to photoshop muscular arms onto Kim Kardashian's body, the reality TV star's buff alter-ego was born. Erica Gonzales, Harper's BAZAAR, "22 Memes That Made 2018 Less Horrible," 17 Dec. 2018 This is a typical trope of right-wing memes, which reimagine Trump as a buff soldier fighting for America against the country’s enemies. Zack Beauchamp, Vox, "The strange Trump Game of Thrones tweet about Iran sanctions, as explained by political science (seriously).," 2 Nov. 2018 How to identify and fix execution bugs like Spectre and Meltdown has been a burning topic among microprocessor buffs this year. Mark Hachman, PCWorld, "Solving Spectre and Meltdown may ultimately require an entirely new type of processor," 21 Aug. 2018 For history buffs, there's the Lafayette Trail, a three-mile loop through the city with stops at relevant old spots and structures. Jim Webster, chicagotribune.com, "In Havre de Grace, Maryland, on the Chesapeake Bay, a rich maritime history - and ducks, lots of ducks," 27 June 2018 But there is good news for history buffs with cash to burn: as Emily Petsko reports for Mental Floss, Cerro Gordo is now available for purchase. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "Historic California Ghost Town Is Up For Sale," 16 June 2018 The movement to save Mount Vernon became the model for similar history buffs and private groups across the country. Patrick Sisson, Curbed, "Rethinking the modern house museum," 12 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective

Many animals compensate for puny muscles with speed, but muscles—even in the buffest bodybuilder—can only contract so fast. National Geographic, "Watch Spider Jaws Move as Quickly as World's Fastest Runner," 7 Apr. 2016

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

If lips are feeling a little dry, try buffing the flakes away with a toothbrush and a lip scrub, like Fresh’s Sugar Lip Polish. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Dakota Johnson's Makeup Artist on How To Make Red Lipstick Last All Night," 31 Dec. 2018 The brick façade, painted a silvery gray, buffed up what used to be a shabby office building. Keith Flanagan, Condé Nast Traveler, "35 Best Hotels in Tokyo," 28 Feb. 2018 This season, forget buffed, barely-there manicures and flaunt bold nails dipped in molten metallic shades of crimson, copper, and chocolate. Zoe Ruffner, Vogue, "Why This Surprising Metallic Manicure Feels So Right for Fall," 8 Oct. 2018 Wait an hour or so and buff the tiles with a clean, dry cloth to remove any residual grout haze. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Clean Dirty Grout," 5 Dec. 2018 Photo: Alanna Hale for The Wall Street Journal And her deep-red kitchen counter, tinted with powdered iron oxide, was poured in place and then buffed to a high polish to resemble terrazzo. Amy Gamerman, WSJ, "The Rise of the Fashionable Concrete Home," 9 Aug. 2018 Benjamin Ray sits at one of these tables, meticulously buffing a diamond and white gold bracelet. Emily Selter, Town & Country, "Meet the Man Who Took Care of Elizabeth Taylor's Jewels," 21 May 2015 Once your nails are buffed to smoothness, apply a base coat. Blake Bakkila, Good Housekeeping, "How to Fix a Broken Nail — and Grow 'Em Back Stronger," 20 Sep. 2018 Initially, Storey buffed the Beach Lip & Cheek Stick in Ibiza (a bronze) onto the apples of Ellis Ross' cheeks followed by the same stick in Formentera (a berry). Devon Abelman, Allure, "Tracee Ellis Ross Matched Her Lipstick to Her Fuchsia Dress for the Emmy Awards 2018," 17 Sep. 2018

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First Known Use of buff

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

History and Etymology for buff

Noun

Middle French buffle wild ox, from Old Italian bufalo

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buff

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of buff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: having a strong, muscular body or form

buff

verb

English Language Learners Definition of buff (Entry 2 of 2)

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

buff

noun
\ ˈbəf \

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

buff

verb
buffed; buffing

Kids Definition of buff (Entry 2 of 2)

: to polish with or as if with a buff

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