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buff at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


buff at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1580, buffe leather, from M.Fr. buffle "buffalo." Color term comes from hue of buffalo hides (later ox hides); association of "hide" and "skin" led c.1602 to in the buff, and use of buff or suede to polish metal led to sense of verb "to polish with a buff" (1885). Buff-colored uniforms of N.Y.C. 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] ///

buff at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [Sense: 1; Date: 1900-2000; Origin: buff 'someone very interested in going to watch fires' (1900-2000), from the buff-colored coats worn by volunteer New York City firefighters in the early 19th century.]// [Sense: 2; Date: 1700-1800; Origin: buff 'yellow leather made from buffalo skin' (16-18 centuries), from Old French buffle 'wild cattle', from Old Italian bufalo; BUFFALO]// [Sense: 3; Date: 1800-1900; Origin: buff 'bare skin' (17-19 centuries), from 'leather'; BUFF12]//
1 wine/film/opera etc buff: someone who is interested in wine, films etc and knows a lot about them//
2 [U] a pale yellow-brown colour: beige// --buff envelopes//
3 in the buff: old-fashioned not wearing any clothes// naked// -- buff adj //
buff 2 also buff up v [T] [Date: 1800-1900; Origin: BUFF1; because leather was used for polishing ( BUFF12)]// to polish something with a cloth// --Sandra was buffing her nails.// buff up phr v// to exercise in order to make your muscles bigger// --Smith buffed up for his role as Muhammad Ali.//

buff at English => English (Moby Thesaurus II) Of Explained:

240 Moby Thesaurus words for "buff":
Leatherette, Leatheroid, Maecenas, abettor, adherent, admirer,
advocate, aficionado, amateur, angel, apologist, appendage,
applauder, appreciator, attendant, attender, audience, aureate,
auric, authority, backer, bareness, beige, birthday suit, booster,
buff-yellow, bug, burnish, canary, canary-yellow,
cavaliere servente, champion, citron, citron-yellow, claqueur,
coat, collector, commender, connoisseur, courtier, crank, cream,
creamy, critic, cuticle, dangler, decollete, defender, dependence,
dependent, dermis, devotee, dilettante, disciple, dress, ecdysiast,
ecru, encomiast, encourager, endorser, energumen, enthusiast,
eulogist, eulogizer, expert, exponent, extoller, fallow, fan,
fanatic, fanatico, fancier, favorer, fell, finish, flaxen, fleece,
flesh, flunky, follower, following, freak, frequenter,
friend at court, fur, furbish, furring, gilded, gilt, glance,
glaze, gloss, gold, gold-colored, golden, groupie, gymnosophist,
gymnosophy, habitue, hanger-on, haunter, henchman, hide,
homme de cour, hound, idolater, idolizer, imitation fur,
imitation leather, infatuate, integument, jacket, lauder, leather,
leather paper, leathern, leathery, lemon, lemon-yellow, lover,
lunatic fringe, luster, luteolous, lutescent, mainstay, maintainer,
monomaniac, nakedness, naturism, naturist, not a stitch, nudism,
nudist, nudity, nut, ocherish, ocherous, ochery, ochreous, ochroid,
ochrous, ochry, or, outer layer, outer skin, panegyrist, paranymph,
parasite, partisan, patron, pelt, peltry, plugger, polish, praiser,
primrose, primrose-colored, primrose-yellow, promoter, protagonist,
public, puffer, pundit, pursuer, pursuivant, rawhide, reliance,
rind, rooter, rub, rub up, saffron, saffron-colored,
saffron-yellow, sallow, sand, sand-colored, sandblast, sandpaper,
sandy, satellite, savant, scholar, scour, second, seconder,
sectary, shadow, sheath, shine, sider, skin, skins, sleek, slick,
slick down, smooth, specialist, spectator, sponsor, stalwart,
standby, state of nature, stooge, straw, straw-colored, stripper,
stripteaser, successor, support, supporter, sustainer, sympathizer,
tagtail, tail, technical expert, technician, tegument,
the altogether, the nude, the raw, theatergoer, toplessness, tout,
touter, trainbearer, upholder, vair, varnish, visitor, votary,
ward heeler, wax, well-wisher, worshiper, xanthic, xanthous,
yellow, yellowish, zealot

buff at English => English (Oxford Advanced Learners) Of Explained:

noun, adjective, verb
1 [C] (used in compounds) a person who is very interested in a particular subject or activity and knows a lot about it:
a computer / opera / wine buff
2 [U] a pale yellow-brown colour
3 [U] soft strong yellowish-brown leather made especially from the skin of BUFFALO and OXEN
in the buff (informal) wearing no clothes
adjective pale yellow-brown in colour:
a buff envelope
verb [VN] ~ sth (up) to polish sth with a soft cloth:
She buffed up the brass with a cloth.

Buff at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

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

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

Buff \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 \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.

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

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

buff at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

adj : of the color of buff leather

n 1: an ardent follower and admirer [syn: {fan}, {devotee}, {lover}]
2: a soft thick undyed leather from the skins of e.g. buffalo
or oxen
3: bare skin; "swimming in the buff"
4: a medium to dark tan color [syn: {yellowish brown}, {raw
sienna}, {caramel}, {caramel brown}]
5: an implement consisting of soft material mounted on a block;
used for polishing (as in manicuring) [syn: {buffer}]

v 1: strike, beat repeatedly; "The wind buffeted him" [syn: {buffet}]
2: polish and make shiny; "buff the wooden floors"; "buff my
shoes" [syn: {burnish}, {furbish}, {flush}]

buff at English (WD) Of Explained:

Inter: wikipedia » dab=buff
Inter: also » BUFF



From Inter: term » buffe||lang=en|leather, from Inter: etyl » frm|en Inter: term » buffle||lang=frm|buffalo.


* Inter: rhymes » ʌf


Inter: en-nou » n
  • Undyed leather from the skin of buffalo or similar animals.
    1. A tool, often one covered with buff leather, used for polishing.
    2. A brownish yellow colour.
    3. : Inter: color panel » F0DC82
    4. A military coat made of buff leather.
    5. Inter: informa » l A person who is very interested in a particular subject; an enthusiast.
    6. : He’s a history buff.
    7. Inter: gamin » g An effect that makes a gaming character stronger.
    8. Inter: rail transpor » t Compressive coupler force that occurs during a slack bunched condition.

      Derived terms

      * in the buff


      * Inter: sense » video games debuff

  • Inter: sense » video games nerf


    Inter: trans-top » a person who is very interested in a particular subject
  • Finnish: Inter: t- » fi|friikki
  • French: Inter: t+ » fr|mordu

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Irish: Inter: t » ga|díograiseoir|m
    • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|aficionado|m

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » A brownish yellow colour
    • Finnish: ruskeankeltainen
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|chamois

    Inter: trans-mi » d
  • Spanish: Inter: t- » es|color del ante

  • Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-adj » er|more
  • Of the color of buff leather, a brownish yellow.
    1. Inter: bodybuildin » g: Unusually muscular. (also buffed or buffed out)
    2. : The bouncer was a big, buff dude with tattoos, a shaved head, and a serious scowl.
    3. 1994, Blurred Boundaries: Questions of Meaning in Contemporary Culture, page 155:
    4. : The appearance of logic often derives from faulty syllogisms such as Sgt. Koon's conclusion that King was an ex-con because he was "buffed out" (heavily muscled). The thinking is: "ex-cons are often buffed out; this man is buffed out; therefore, this man is an ex-con."
    5. Inter: slan » g attractive.

      Derived terms

      * buff-tip moth

  • buffly


    Inter: trans-top » Of the color of buff leather, a brownish yellow
  • Finnish: ruskeankeltainen

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • French: Inter: t+ » fr|chamois

    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » Unusually muscular
    • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|lihaksikas

    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m
    Inter: trans-top » Good looking
    Inter: trans-mi » d
    Inter: trans-botto » m


    Inter: en-ver » b
  • To polish and make shiny.
    1. Inter: gamin » g To make a character stronger.
    2. : The enchanter buffed the paladin to prepare him to fight the dragon.

      Derived terms

      * buff out

  • buff up
  • buff wheel


    * Inter: sense » video games debuff
  • Inter: sense » video games nerf


    Inter: trans-top » To polish and make shiny
  • Finnish: Inter: t+ » fi|kiillottaa
  • German: Inter: t+ » de|polieren

  • Inter: trans-mi » d
    • Russian: Inter: t+ » ru|полировать
    • Slovak: Inter: t+ » sk|vyleštiť Inter: t+ » sk|vyblýskať

    Inter: trans-botto » m

    See also

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    Category: Category:en:Browns -
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    Translation: et » buff
    Translation: fa » buff
    Translation: fr » buff
    Translation: ko » buff
    Translation: io » buff
    Translation: is » buff
    Translation: it » buff
    Translation: kn » buff
    Translation: li » buff
    Translation: mg » buff
    Translation: ml » buff
    Translation: my » buff
    Translation: pl » buff
    Translation: ru » buff
    Translation: fi » buff
    Translation: ta » buff
    Translation: te » buff
    Translation: vi » buff
    Translation: zh » buff

    BUFF at English (WD) Of Explained:

    Inter: also » buff


    Inter: acrony » m

  • Inter: slang » US|Air Force Big Ugly Fat Fellow (or Fucker); US Airforce nickname for the B-52 bomber.
    1. 1994, Frederick Forsyth, The Fist of God: novel, page 377:
    2. : The B-52 Stratofortress is not called the Buff because it is painted a tan or dun-brown color.
    3. 2002, S. Lock, Ribald Tales & Stories from U.T.: Confessions of a Staff Weenie, page 3:
    4. : I should note here in polite society it is considered proper to call the B-52 a BUFF for Big Ugly Fat Fella or Fellows
    5. 2004, Nick Veronico, Nicholas A. Veronico, Jim Dunn, 21st Century U.S. Air Power, page 48:
    6. : Deployed at no higher than 135 knots, the 44-foot drag chute aids in braking the BUFF.
    7. 2004, Keith R Parris, The Servants of Freedom: The SOF, page 29:
    8. : There were also, however disgusting it might seem, "BUFF" drivers coming in from B-52 bombers and C-130 cargo haulers.
    9. 2006, Jim Clonts, When Penguins Flew and Water Burned, page 447:

  • : The general invited his old buddy to Barksdale to fly in the B-52 and show him just what the old BUFF could do.