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Etymology 1[edit]

From buffe (leather), from Middle French buffle (buffalo).

Noun[edit]

buff (plural buffs)

  1. Undyed leather from the skin of buffalo or similar animals.
    • Shakespeare
      a suit of buff
  2. A tool, often one covered with buff leather, used for polishing.
  3. A brownish yellow colour.
    buff colour:    
    • Dryden
      a visage rough, deformed, unfeatured, and a skin of buff
  4. A military coat made of buff leather.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Shakespeare to this entry?)
  5. (informal) A person who is very interested in a particular subject; an enthusiast.
    He’s a history buff.
  6. (gaming) An effect that temporally makes a gaming character stronger.
  7. (rail transport) Compressive coupler force that occurs during a slack bunched condition.
  8. The bare skin.
    to strip to the buff
    • Wright
      To be in buff is equivalent to being naked.
  9. The greyish viscid substance constituting the buffy coat.
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buff (comparative buffer or more buff, superlative buffest or most buff)

  1. Of the color of buff leather, a brownish yellow.
  2. (bodybuilding): Unusually muscular. (also buffed or buffed out)
    The bouncer was a big, buff dude with tattoos, a shaved head, and a serious scowl.
    • 1994, Blurred Boundaries: Questions of Meaning in Contemporary Culture, page 155:
      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."
  3. (slang) attractive.
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buff (third-person singular simple present buffs, present participle buffing, simple past and past participle buffed)

  1. To polish and make shiny.
  2. (gaming) To make a character stronger.
    The enchanter buffed the paladin to prepare him to fight the dragon.
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Etymology 2[edit]

Old French bufer (to cuff, buffet). See buffet (a blow).

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

  1. To strike.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Ben Jonson to this entry?)

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buff (plural buffs)

  1. (obsolete) A buffet; a blow.
    • Spenser
      Nathless so sore a buff to him it lent / That made him reel.
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