\ 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

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


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 Achieving realism for this fictional story wasn't an issue for the history buff. Lia Beck, refinery29.com, "What Is Real & Imagined In Tom Hanks’ Latest WWII Movie Greyhound?," 13 July 2020 Jack Slade, always a camera buff, grabbed his Polaroid and shot a photo of the television with his son and Simpson in the frame. Don Williams, USA TODAY, "When football helped the healing: How Lubbock rallied around a college all-star game," 12 July 2020 Running-history buff Walt Chadwick, 70, began running in 1964 in rudimentary, linerless cotton shorts. Jacob Gallagher And Sara Bosworth, WSJ, "The Ultimate Guide to the Best Running Gear for Men and Women," 10 July 2020 Eventually the entire band is photographed together for their RS cover, in the buff. Matt Wake | Mwake@al.com, al, "Blind Melon documentary’s Alabama record store tie-in," 6 July 2020 But the high schoolers, knowing that Ward was a history buff, would ask him about particular historical events. Alicia Lee, CNN, "Inspired by the kids he drove every day, a school bus driver got his college degree to become a teacher," 1 July 2020 The 24-year-old amateur photographer, hiker, fisherman, musician and history buff forever lost his left eye. Cory Shaffer, cleveland, "Man who lost eye to police-fired bean bag round during Cleveland’s George Floyd protests: ‘I did not deserve this’," 18 June 2020 His mother reportedly went into labor while at a movie theater, and his father was a film buff who owned a hotel. Harrison Smith, BostonGlobe.com, "Tobe Hooper, horror master behind ‘The Texas Chain Saw Massacre,’ dies at 74," 8 June 2020 Jacksonville resident Thom Cole, a Civil War history buff who regularly visits the cemetery, was among the local residents who came by to see the damage Saturday afternoon. al, "Black Lives Matter framed for Confederate monument vandalism, Jacksonville police say," 7 June 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective Not to mention those history buff dads looking to learn more about Oklahoma, Black cowboys, underdog baseball teams, or World War II. Shannon Carlin, refinery29.com, "24 Books That Dad Will Love For Father’s Day (& Every Day After)," 20 June 2020 The visible vying carried over offscreen to which actor had the buffest body in the movie's mostly shirtless, now legendary beach volleyball game. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "Whose bod was best in 'Top Gun's shirtless volleyball game? Rick Rossovich claims he beat out Val Kilmer," 13 May 2020 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 Tidy up your hands and fingernails by clipping and buffing the nails, and exfoliating and moisturizing the hands. Sara Hendricks, USA TODAY, "10 ways to make your weekends feel more normal in quarantine," 22 Apr. 2020 Page dabbed a bit of blue-red cream from a tube of Maybelline’s Cheek Heat onto his wrist before picking up the color with a fluffy brush and gently buffing it onto models’ cheeks. Arden Fanning Andrews, Vogue, "Blush Is the Unexpected Fall Layer at Michael Kors," 12 Feb. 2020 After trimming and buffing your nails, simply apply a few drops of the cuticle oil and rub them in. Christie Calucchia, Better Homes & Gardens, "This $15 Cuticle Oil Will Upgrade Your DIY Manicure," 21 Apr. 2020 In the clip, Dean carefully buffs away his wife's polish with a nail file. Photo: Michael Tran/getty Images., refinery29.com, "Swizz Beatz & Alicia Keys Win Funniest Quarantine Manicure Video," 15 Apr. 2020 That season skillfully set up Krasinski, best known for his work as the funny, mild-mannered guy from The Office, to be just the latest funny guy (hello, Chris Pratt!) to buff up and take on an action role. Tim Goodman, The Hollywood Reporter, "'Jack Ryan' Season 2: TV Review," 1 Nov. 2019 On level after level, the pandemic has gridded, added symmetry, and buffed difference. Spencer Kornhaber, The Atlantic, "The Pandemic Has Made a Mockery of Minimalism," 23 Apr. 2020 Before the coronavirus took over, the capitol maintenance team was the discrete force in and out of offices keeping the floors buffed and the trash bins emptied, McDonald told me. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Everyday heroes: Meet the Kentucky Capitol cleaning crew fighting the 'invisible man'," 23 Apr. 2020 There is a robot cleaning machine whirring down the hallway buffing the floor, and another delivering things to rooms. Anna Lea Hand, Longreads, "If Miscarriage is So Normal, Why Doesn’t Anybody Talk About It?," 3 Mar. 2020

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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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22 Jul 2020

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“Buff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buff. Accessed 15 Aug. 2020.

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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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