buff

Buff is a busy word. If you’re a movie buff, you’re a film fan! If you’re in the buff, you’re naked. If you are buff, your muscles are toned. To buff is to polish. It’s also a creamy yellow. Whew.

You may decide to paint your living room buff or write a long letter on buff-colored stationery. There is also a soft-surfaced, yellowish kind of leather that's called buff, which is where the word came from — it was called buffe leather, or "leather made of buffalo hide," in the 16th century, and the practice of polishing leather gives buff its meaning as a verb: to polish.

Primary Meanings of buff

1.
nadj
a soft thick undyed leather from the skins of e.g. buffalo or oxen
of the yellowish-beige color of buff leather
2.
vn
polish and make shiny
an implement consisting of soft material mounted on a block; used for polishing (as in manicuring)
3.
n
an ardent follower and admirer
4.
v
strike, beat repeatedly
Full Definitions of buff
1

n a soft thick undyed leather from the skins of e.g. buffalo or oxen

Type of:
leather
an animal skin made smooth and flexible by removing the hair and then tanning

n a medium to dark tan color

Synonyms:
caramel, caramel brown, raw sienna, yellowish brown
Types:
snuff-color, snuff-colour
dark yellowish brown
Type of:
brown, brownness
an orange of low brightness and saturation

n bare skin; naked

“swimming in the buff
Type of:
cutis, skin, tegument
a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch

adj of the yellowish-beige color of buff leather

Synonyms:
chromatic
being or having or characterized by hue
2

v polish and make shiny

buff the wooden floors”
buff my shoes”
Synonyms:
burnish, furbish
Type of:
polish, shine, smooth, smoothen
make (a surface) shine

n an implement consisting of soft material mounted on a block; used for polishing (as in manicuring)

Synonyms:
buffer
Type of:
implement
instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end
3

n an ardent follower and admirer

Synonyms:
devotee, fan, lover
Types:
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aerophile
a lover of aviation
aficionado
a serious devotee of some particular music genre or musical performer
amorist
one dedicated to love and lovemaking especially one who writes about love
bacchanal, bacchant
a drunken reveller; a devotee of Bacchus
groupie
an enthusiastic young fan (especially a young woman who follows rock groups around)
metalhead
a fan of heavy metal music
Type of:
follower
a person who accepts the leadership of another
4

v strike, beat repeatedly

Synonyms:
buffet
Type of:
hit
deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument

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