Definitions for: Buff


[n] an implement consisting of soft material mounted on a block; used for polishing (as in manicuring)
[n] a medium to dark tan color
[n] bare skin; "swimming in the buff"
[n] an ardent follower
[n] a soft thick undyed leather from the skins of e.g. buffalo or oxen
[adj] of the color of buff leather
[v] polish and make shiny; "buff the wooden floors"; "buff my shoes"
[v] strike, beat repeatedly; "The wind buffeted him"



Webster (1913) Definition: Buff (b[u^]f), n. [OE. buff, buffe, buff, buffalo, F.
buffle buffalo. See Buffalo.]
1. 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. ``A suit
of buff.'' --Shak.

2. The color of buff; a light yellow, shading toward pink,
gray, or brown.

A visage rough, Deformed, unfeatured, and a skin of
buff. --Dryden.

3. A military coat, made of buff leather. --Shak.

4. (Med.) The grayish viscid substance constituting the buffy
coat. See Buffy coat, under Buffy, a.

5. (Mech.) A wheel covered with buff leather, and used in
polishing cutlery, spoons, etc.

6. The bare skin; as, to strip to the buff. [Colloq.]

To be in buff is equivalent to being naked.
--Wright.


Buff, a.
1. Made of buff leather. --Goldsmith.

2. Of the color of buff.

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.


Buff, v. t.
To polish with a buff. See Buff, n., 5.


Buff, v. t. [OF. bufer to cuff, buffet. See Buffet a
blow.]
To strike. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.


Buff, n. [See Buffet.]
A buffet; a blow; -- obsolete except in the phrase
``Blindman's buff.''

Nathless so sore a buff to him it lent That made him
reel. --Spenser.


Buff, a. [Of uncertain etymol.]
Firm; sturdy.

And for the good old cause stood buff, 'Gainst many a
bitter kick and cuff. --Hudibras.

Synonyms: afficionado, buffer, buffet, burnish, caramel, caramel brown, chromatic, devotee, fan, flush, furbish, lover, raw sienna, yellowish brown

See Also: aficionado, amorist, bacchanal, bacchant, brown, brownness, cutis, follower, followers, following, groupie, hit, implement, leather, polish, shine, skin, smooth, smoothen, snuff-color, snuff-colour, tegument

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