\ 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 Other duos' wackier boosts, speed-minded moves, and special buffs didn't stand a chance against boring, generic firepower. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Crucible, Amazon’s new online shooter: Alexa, does this game have a chance?," 19 May 2020 And data buffs will want to spend some time with this history of the Fortune 500, prepared with the help of our Fortune 500 analytics partner, Qlik. More news below. David Meyer, Fortune, "Guess who’s Number Two on this year’s Fortune 500 list," 18 May 2020 Contestants must vault, dodge, tumble and dive their way through epic, three-dimensional courses — all while being chased by super-buff and athletic opponents. Chuck Barney, Detroit Free Press, "TV highlights for the week of May 17-23," 16 May 2020 While Stoller bought the water park, adjacent acreage and the space museum wing of the facility, the aviation museum itself, where the Spruce Goose is located, remains in the hands of George Schott, a wealthy aviation buff. oregonlive, "Troubled air museum gets new lease on life after Stoller acquisition," 11 Apr. 2020 Elsewhere, there was considerable analysis of the newly buff VP’s clothes and physique. Walter Shapiro, The New Republic, "Stop Panicking About Joe Biden," 8 Apr. 2020 Outside the museum, aviation buffs can get a load of an impressive display of more than 30 modern and historic aircraft, including a B-52 and an F-4 Phantom II jet on five acres. Amy Aumick, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Explore Florida's Okaloosa County: History of Air Force weapons," 7 May 2018 Among the city's top attractions, this original museum includes artifacts and relics of Alaska's incredible history that will delight history and aviation buffs. Katie Pesznecker, Anchorage Daily News, "Discover a wealth of arts and culture in Anchorage," 3 May 2018 Some runners signal directions to one another to keep an appropriate social distance, others keep their heads down, behind buffs and balaclavas. New York Times, "Running Toward a New World," 20 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective 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 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 For her lips, Cheng buffed on the brand's ModernMatte Power Lipstick in Nude Streak with a micro Beautyblender. Jihan Forbes, Allure, "Ella Mai's Makeup Artist Told Us Everything About Her 2020 Grammy's Look," 27 Jan. 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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25 May 2020

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“Buff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/buff. Accessed 31 May. 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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