buff

noun
\ 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

buff

adjective

Definition of buff (Entry 2 of 3)

1 : of the color buff
2 or buffed \ ˈbəft How to pronounce buffed (audio) \ : 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

While filming in Glasgow, architecture buff Pitt spent time visiting Charles Rennie Mackintosh buildings with his then-wife Angelina Jolie and their children, including a trip to Hill House in Helensburgh. Glasgow, USA TODAY, "9 film locations in Glasgow that will inspire a trip to the city," 1 July 2019 There were pages of photos of buff men all taken from the ’90s to the early 2000s. Liana Satenstein, Vogue, "Where Is Neil Malcolm Roberts?," 29 June 2019 Matt Marbaugh buffs the side of a boat at the Formula factory. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "Boatbuilder’s Million-Dollar Problem: No One Wants to Eat the Tariff," 28 June 2019 Using a foot file, buff away at any rough areas that may have come from standing too long in stilettos. Katherine Fung, Good Housekeeping, "How to DIY a Spa-Like Pedicure at Home," 27 June 2019 The US Supreme Court today decided two cases (pdf) about partisan gerrymandering that the nation’s political buffs had awaited breathlessly. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "The US Supreme Court says partisan gerrymandering is not its problem," 27 June 2019 During the summer months, see the migration of some 200,000 birds, such as egrets, white-bellied sea eagles, buff banded rails, and white capped noddy’s. Anne Farrar, National Geographic, "You can now hail an Uber to the Great Barrier Reef," 19 June 2019 Now, cycling class buffs can bring the infectious SoulCycle energy to their everyday lives. Rania Aniftos, Billboard, "SiriusXM & SoulCycle to Launch 'SoulCycle Radio'," 18 June 2019 Exercise buffs head for the Training Zone fitness center, Warm Up fitness studio and Bullpen dog park. Pamela Dittmer Mckuen, chicagotribune.com, "Residences at Addison and Clark offer luxury living with nods to neighbor Wrigley — but don't expect to see the field," 17 June 2019

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

Forget about its effect on blood pressure, sugar loads, weight, buffing you up, all that. Andrew Merle, Quartzy, "The best type of exercise uses your body—and your brain," 17 June 2019 Embrace the beauty of this lunation French Girl Rose Lip Polish, an elegant scrub that buffs your pout to joie de vivre perfection. Aliza Kelly Faragher, Allure, "What October's Aquarius Horoscope Means for You," 30 Sep. 2018 This can help buff away some of the dead skin and smooth the surface safely. Isadora Baum, SELF, "What All Runners Should Know Before Getting a Pedicure," 5 Mar. 2019 No problem: Last night at New York's ABC Cocina, Lawrence put her short, clean, and buffed nails on display, ones that were completely devoid of bright colors or art—nothing to distract from her new sparkling stunner. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Jennifer Lawrence Reveals Her Engagement Ring—And a Bridal Manicure Trend in the Making," 22 Feb. 2019 To finish, lightly buff the surface of the nail with a buffing tool, and apply oil to your nails and cuticles to rehydrate. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "4 Mistakes You’re Making When Wearing Gel Nail Polish," 25 Jan. 2019 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

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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)

US, informal : 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 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

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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