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Noun, Verb (usu participle), Verb (transitive)


Noun Buff has 5 senses

Verb Buff has 2 senses

Adjective Buff has 1 sense


Buffn. [OE. buff, buffe, buff, buffalo, F. buffle buffalo. See Buffalo.].
  •  A sort of leather, prepared from the skin of the buffalo, dressed with oil, like chamois; also, the skins of oxen, elks, and other animals, dressed in like manner.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]
  •  The color of buff; a light yellow, shading toward pink, gray, or brown.  [1913 Webster]
    "A visage rough,
    Deformed, unfeatured, and a skin of buff.
    "  [1913 Webster]
  •  A military coat, made of buff leather.  Shak.  [1913 Webster]
  •  The grayish viscid substance constituting the buffy coat. See Buffy coat, under Buffy, a.  [1913 Webster]
  •  A wheel covered with buff leather, and used in polishing cutlery, spoons, etc.  [1913 Webster]
  •  The bare skin; as, to strip to the buff.  [1913 Webster]
    "To be in buff is equivalent to being naked."  [1913 Webster]
  •  Made of buff leather.  Goldsmith.  [1913 Webster]
  •  Of the color of buff.  [1913 Webster]
Buff coat, a close, military outer garment, with short sleeves, and laced tightly over the chest, made of buffalo skin, or other thick and elastic material, worn by soldiers in the 17th century as a defensive covering. -- Buff jerkin, originally, a leather waistcoat; afterward, one of cloth of a buff color. [Obs.] Nares. -- Buff stick (Mech.), a strip of wood covered with buff leather, used in polishing.
Buffv. t. 
     to polish with a soft cloth, especially one similar to a buff{5}. See Buff, n., 5.  [1913 Webster]
Buffv. t. [OF. bufer to cuff, buffet. See Buffet a blow.].
     To strike.  B. Jonson.  [1913 Webster]
Buffn. [See Buffet.].
     A buffet; a blow; -- obsolete except in the phrase “Blindman's buff.” See blindman's buff.  [1913 Webster]
    "Nathless so sore a buff to him it lent
    That made him reel.
    "  [1913 Webster]
Buffa. [Of uncertain etymol.].
     Firm; sturdy.  [1913 Webster]
    "And for the good old cause stood buff,
    'Gainst many a bitter kick and cuff.
    "  [1913 Webster]


Buff, adj., n., & v.
--adj. of a yellowish beige colour (buff envelope).
1 a yellowish beige colour.
2 colloq. an enthusiast, esp. for a particular hobby (railway buff).
3 colloq. the human skin unclothed.
4 a a velvety dull-yellow ox-leather. b (attrib.) (of a garment etc.) made of this (buff gloves).
5 (the Buffs) the former East Kent Regiment (from the colour of its uniform facings).
1 polish (metal, fingernails, etc.).
2 make (leather) velvety like buff, by removing the surface.

buff-stick a stick covered with buff and used for polishing. in the buff colloq. naked.
orig. sense 'buffalo', prob. f. F buffle; sense 2 of n. orig. f. buff uniforms formerly worn by New York volunteer firemen, applied to enthusiastic fire-watchers



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