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buff

noun \ ˈbəf \
|Updated on: 9 Jul 2018

Definition of buff

1 : a garment (such as a uniform) made of buff leather
2 : the state of being nude
  • sunbathing in the buff
3 a : 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
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[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

Examples of buff in a Sentence

  1. he's such a film buff that he owns over 3,000 movies

  2. protected by a fully enclosed backyard, the couple would frequently sunbathe in the buff

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Origin and Etymology of buff

Middle French buffle wild ox, from Old Italian bufalo


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buff

adjective

Definition of buff

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

Examples of buff in a Sentence

  1. He's at the gym every day trying to get buff.

  2. the buff body of an athlete

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First Known Use of buff

1746

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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buff

verb

Definition of buff

buffed; buffing; buffs
1 : polish, shine
  • waxed and buffed the floor
2 : to give a velvety surface to (leather)

Examples of buff in a Sentence

  1. The floors are waxed and buffed every year.

  2. She is going to the salon to get her nails buffed.

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First Known Use of buff

1838

in the meaning defined at sense 1

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BUFF Defined for English Language Learners

buff

Definition of buff for English Language Learners

  • : having a strong, muscular body or form


buff

Definition of buff for English Language Learners

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


BUFF Defined for Kids

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buff

noun \ ˈbəf \

Definition of buff for Students

1 : a pale orange yellow
2 : a stick or wheel with a soft surface for applying polish
3 : 3fan a music buff

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buff

verb

Definition of buff for Students

buffed; buffing
: to polish with or as if with a buff


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