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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)

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Kinney will play Tabby, an aspiring director and horror movie buff who's hiding a secret. Quinci Legardye, Harper's BAZAAR, 3 July 2021 Northam is also a car buff who loves to tinker with his antique Corvette and Oldsmobile. Washington Post, 14 May 2021 Meanwhile, Soldier: 76 has a Tactical Visor buff in the Experimental patch. Kris Holt, Forbes, 24 June 2021 Richard Pellow collected cars, both as a successful towing company owner and as a vintage auto buff. Star Tribune, 19 June 2021 This year, Piaget dedicated a special version of the award-winning model to the Swiss Jura village of La Côte-aux-Fées, where Piaget was founded and a necessary destination for any horlogerie buff. Kendall Cornish, Travel + Leisure, 16 June 2021 For the average car buff, a lawn chair at the curb gives a fine view of each summer’s Woodward Dream Cruise. Bill Laitner, Detroit Free Press, 12 May 2021 Phil Ostroff lives in Liberty Hill, Texas, and has been an astronomy buff since childhood. Lia Picard, WSJ, 16 June 2021 That would be increases to generic mods on weapons and armor, buffs to underused legendaries or weapon types, and of course, there’s no drop rate buff for legendaries mentioned. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 10 June 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Docked in Long Beach since 1967, the ship is a longtime tourist attraction, hotel and history buff destination that retains strong support from city leaders. Los Angeles Times, 1 June 2021 In the series, Bella (Kristen Stewart) repeatedly chooses hunky vampire Edward (Robert Pattinson) over the at-first dorky, then very buff werewolf Jacob (Taylor Lautner) despite all that the shapeshifter does for her. Anna Chan, Billboard, 26 May 2021 The Ram 1500 Rebel, Ford F-150 and Ranger Tremor, and Jeep Wrangler Willys models are all rocking big tires and buff attitudes, minus a locking differential here and a remote-reservoir damper there. Ezra Dyer, Car and Driver, 29 Apr. 2021 Wahlberg often shows off his buff body on Instagram, especially after starting F45 training — a fitness franchise that began in Australia and that the actor is an investor in. Georgia Slater, PEOPLE.com, 9 Apr. 2021 And in this moment, at 47 years old, Hahn is finally hitting a career zenith in a genre dominated by buff dudes named Chris. Angela Watercutter, Wired, 5 Mar. 2021 To declaw, buff glue-on styles and soak your fingertips in acetone. Baze Mpinja, WSJ, 4 Mar. 2021 This year’s event was relatively subdued, more of an informal, spontaneous gathering with just a few in-the-buff cyclists joining the families, lookie-loos and plunge participants on the beach before noon. Jill Tucker, SFChronicle.com, 1 Jan. 2021 What a buff move for a man who has had a pretty amazing 2020, despite the pandemic. Jarrett Bell, USA TODAY, 7 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb First buff the shine off the nail polish with a nail file. Danielle James, Good Housekeeping, 21 June 2021 Then, use your finger to buff it out towards the center of your lips. Kaitlyn Yarborough, Southern Living, 30 June 2021 Today, the game has rolled out an elaborate patch that means to buff certain player skills to a significant degree to create more build diversity. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 10 June 2021 These exfoliating discs are drenched in phytic acid, salicylic acid, and sodium lactate—three powerful ingredients that help to buff away dead skin cells and prepare your skin for the rest of your regimen. Lauren Joseph, Forbes, 22 June 2021 Top 4 stars are the ones that buff your other heroes and synergize well like Bennett, Xingqiu and Diona. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 18 May 2021 Sprinkle a generous amount (about 1 cup) of baking soda in the sink, dampen and buff gently. Washington Post, 10 Apr. 2021 Magic Eraser–style sponges help to buff out tougher stains and scuff marks. Sara Rodrigues, House Beautiful, 6 Apr. 2021 Tatcha's serum boasts 20 percent vitamin C and is made with 10 percent Alpha-Hydroxy Acids, which help buff away dead skin cells. Nicole Saunders, NBC News, 5 Apr. 2021

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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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23 Jul 2021

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“Buff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buff. Accessed 26 Jul. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of buff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

US, informal : having a strong, muscular body or form



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

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


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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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