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

Cunningham was a film buff with a library of hundreds of DVDs and once appeared as a zombie extra in The Walking Dead. Alexander Huls, Popular Mechanics, "The Great Star Wars Heist," 7 Mar. 2019 Rinse in warm water and buff with a clean, dry cloth to shine. Lauren Smith, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean Silver and Prevent Tarnish," 20 Nov. 2018 Much of the material would likely appeal to political and historical buffs. Gregory Pratt, chicagotribune.com, "JFK inaugural address on vinyl, 1890s Illinois map, Mickey Mouse jacket for grabs at former U.S. Rep. Dan Rostenkowski estate sale," 27 Apr. 2018 Any Hollywood movie buff can spot a Wes Anderson film set within a few frames—its distinctive color palettes, precise use of symmetry, whimsical decor, and overall nostalgic quality of each individual piece are a given in the director's films. Elizabeth Gulino, House Beautiful, "This Wes Anderson-Themed Airbnb Will Transport You Right to Moonrise Kingdom," 20 Feb. 2019 Although Donnie might not be as buff as his ultra-fit younger brother Mark, the 49-year-old is still in pretty amazing shape. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "Donnie Wahlberg Is Definitely the Rabbit on 'The Masked Singer.' Here's Why.," 12 Jan. 2019 Analyses like these show, though, that computers are not yet movie buffs. James Vincent, The Verge, "20th Century Fox is using AI to analyze movie trailers and find out what films audiences will like," 2 Nov. 2018 From October 9 through 19, Cape Town becomes a movie buff’s delight, thanks to the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival. Sarah Khan, Condé Nast Traveler, "What To Do In Cape Town in September 2018," 14 Sep. 2018 Every literary-movie buff knows that staying true to the plot devices and characters in a novel is often the key to a great cinematic derivative. Alexandra Gekas, Woman's Day, "12 Best Movies Based on Books," 2 Aug. 2010

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

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 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

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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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