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

Like the topography of its namesake, this green mana exudes raw natural energy, relying on aggressive buffs and all manner of beasts, elves, and druids of the wood to bring you victory. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 19 Feb. 2019 Since retiring from the military, Hayward has become an avid fitness buff and has competed in the Chicago Marathon, Marine Corps Marathon, Boston Marathon and Disney Marathon. Edgar Thompson, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Patriotism gets big boost at Daytona," 8 July 2018 Here are my favorite Baja California destinations for design buffs. Ingrid Abramovitch, ELLE Decor, "A Design Lover's Guide to the Baja Peninsula," 29 Mar. 2019 And for film buffs, there's no better treat than a quick peek behind the curtain. Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, "Kensington Palace Is Showcasing Costumes from The Favourite," 8 Jan. 2019 Even if JaPow lives up to the hype as a worthwhile pilgrimage for powder buffs, flying for 13 hours only to bomb down piste with a granola bar is like visiting Paris and eating at McDonald’s. Adam H. Graham, Condé Nast Traveler, "Slow Skiing in Japan's Deep North," 11 Oct. 2018 For true crime buffs, The Staircase documentary is seen as a sort-of big brother companion piece to Netflix's popular Making A Murderer series. Morgan Baila, refinery29.com, "Everything New In Netflix’s The Staircase," 8 June 2018 Natural history buffs can find some truly unique experiences on this trip from Scott Dunn. Lauren Hubbard, Town & Country, "6 Luxury Pre-Planned Trips You Need to Book Immediately," 15 Mar. 2019 Since 2013, history buffs have been on a wild ride following Ragnar Lothbrok (Travis Fimmel) and the rest of his brutish bunch on Vikings. Jennifer Aldrich, Country Living, "The 'Vikings' Show Is Officially Cancelled and Fans Are Devastated," 8 Jan. 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

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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