Verb buff Definition and Examples



Definition as verb:


buff (third-person singular simple present buffs, present participle buffing, simple past and past participle buffed)

  1. To polish and make shiny by rubbing.
  2. (video games, role-playing games) To make a character or an item stronger.
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1.a soft, thick, light-yellow leather with a napped surface, originally made from buffalo skin but later also from other skins, used for making belts, pouches, etc.

2.a brownish-yellow color; tan.

3.a buff stick or buff wheel.

4.a devotee or well-informed student of some activity or subject, Civil War buffs avidly read the new biography of Grant.

5.Informal. the bare skin, in the buff.

6.Also called buffcoat. a thick, short coat of buffalo leather, worn especially by English soldiers and American colonists in the 17th century.

7.Informal. a buffalo.

8.having the color of buff.

9.made of buff leather.

10.Slang. physically attractive; muscular.
1 clean or polish (metal) or give a grainless finish of high luster to (plated surfaces) with or as if with a buff stick or buff wheel. 1 polish or shine, especially with a buffer, to buff shoes.1 dye or stain in a buff color. reduce or deaden the force of; act as a buffer.

2.Chiefly British Dialect. a blow; slap.


1.plate armor for the lower part of the face and the throat, used with a burgonet.

1.a soft thick flexible undyed leather made chiefly from the skins of buffalo, oxen, and elk (as modifier), a buff coat

2.a dull yellow or yellowish-brown colour (as adjective), buff paint

3. Also called buffer a cloth or pad of material used for polishing an object a flexible disc or wheel impregnated with a fine abrasive for polishing metals, etc, with a power tool

4. (informal) one's bare skin (esp in the phrase in the buff) verb

5. to clean or polish (a metal, floor, shoes, etc) with a buff

6. to remove the grain surface of (a leather) Word OriginC16, from Old French buffle, from Old Italian bufalo, from Late Latin būfalusbuffalo buff2 /bʌf/ verb
1. (transitive) to deaden the force of noun

2. (archaic) a blow or buffet (now only in the phrase blind man's buff) Word OriginC15, back formation from buffet² buff3 /bʌf/ noun
1. (informal) an expert on or devotee of a given subject, a cheese buff Word OriginC20, originally US, an enthusiastic fire watcher, from the buff-coloured uniforms worn by volunteer firemen in New York CityCollins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollinsPublishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012 Cite This Source
1570s, buffe leather "leather made of buffalo hide," from Middle French buffle "buffalo" (15c., via Italian, from Latin bufalus; see buffalo (n.)).The color term comes from the hue of buffalo hides (later ox hides). Association of "hide" and "skin" led c.1600 to in the buff. Buff-colored uniforms of New York City volunteer firefighters since 1820s led to meaning "enthusiast" (1903).The Buffs are men and boys whose love of fires, fire-fighting and firemen is a predominant characteristic. [N.Y. "Sun," Feb. 4, 1903]
"well-built, hunky," 1980s, from buff (v.) "polish, make attractive."
"to polish, make attractive," 1885, in reference to the treatment of buff leather or else to the use of buff cloth in polishing metals, from buff (n.). Related, Buffed; buffing.
see, in the buff The American Heritage® Idioms DictionaryCopyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Company. Cite This Source


In addition to the four Dawkins, there was Pumpkin Green, the grocery cart vagabond, and old Brandon Westlake, camera buff supreme.

Her eyes skimmed his perfect, buff body before the pain in her hand finally registered.

In the short time since he left, she had forgotten how buff he was.

On being cut or broken the flesh of a true mushroom remains white or nearly so, the flesh of the coarser horse mushroom changes to buff or sometimes to dark brown.

Is about one-half the size of a mushroom, and whitish-buff in every part, the gills always retaining this colour and never becoming salmon-coloured, brown or black.

Some of the best sandstone in the United States is obtained from Cuyahoga and Lorain counties; it is exceptionally pure in texture (about 97% being pure silica), durable and evenly coloured light buff, grey or blue grey.

Kopp contributed the general theoretical part, Kolbe the organic, and Buff and Zamminer the physico-chemical.

And here as in a game of blindman's buff the French ran into our vanguard.

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