a soft, thick, light-yellow leather with a napped surface, originally made from buffalo skin but later also from other skins, used for making belts, pouches, etc.
a brownish-yellow color; tan.
a buff stick or buff wheel.
a devotee or well-informed student of some activity or subject:
Civil War buffs avidly read the new biography of Grant.
Informal. the bare skin:
in the buff.
Also called buffcoat. a thick, short coat of buffalo leather, worn especially by English soldiers and American colonists in the 17th century.
Informal. a buffalo.
having the color of buff.
made of buff leather.
Slang. physically attractive; muscular.
to 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.
to polish or shine, especially with a buffer:
to buff shoes.
to dye or stain in a buff color.
to reduce or deaden the force of; act as a buffer.
Chiefly British Dialect. a blow; slap.
plate armor for the lower part of the face and the throat, used with a burgonet.
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a soft thick flexible undyed leather made chiefly from the skins of buffalo, oxen, and elk
(as modifier): a buff coat
a dull yellow or yellowish-brown colour
(as adjective): buff paint
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
(informal) one’s bare skin (esp in the phrase in the buff)
to clean or polish (a metal, floor, shoes, etc) with a buff
to remove the grain surface of (a leather)
(transitive) to deaden the force of
(archaic) a blow or buffet (now only in the phrase blind man’s buff)
(informal) an expert on or devotee of a given subject: a cheese buff
The Buffs are men and boys whose love of fires, fire-fighting and firemen is a predominant characteristic. [N.Y. “Sun,” Feb. 4, 1903]
see: in the buff
a wheel for buffing, consisting of a number of leather or canvas disks.
noun a large European moth, Phalera bucephala, having violet-brown buff-tipped forewings held at rest around the body so that it resembles a snapped-off twig
a woman who sings comic roles in opera. opera buffa. Historical Examples Life Of Mozart, Vol. 2 (of 3) Otto Jahn
a soft, thick, light-yellow leather with a napped surface, originally made from buffalo skin but later also from other skins, used for making belts, pouches, etc. a brownish-yellow color; tan. a buff stick or buff wheel. a devotee or well-informed student of some activity or subject: Civil War buffs avidly read the new biography of […]