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Etymology 1[edit]

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


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 real history buff. He knows everything there is to know about the civil war.
  6. (video games, role-playing games) An effect that temporarily makes a character stronger.
    I just picked up an epic damage buff! Let's go gank the other team!
  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.
  10. A substance used to dilute (street) drugs in order to increase profits.
    • CBC
      Police said the 20-ton hydraulic jack was used to press mixtures of cocaine and buff into bricks.
  11. The meat of a buffalo.
    • 2006, Bradley Mayhew, ‎Joe Bindloss, ‎Stan Armington, Nepal
      [] diced buff (buffalo) meat, usually heavily spiced []
    • 1992, Marilyn Stablein, The Census Taker: Stories of a Traveler in India and Nepal (page 62)
      You will eat water buffalo meat and drink boiled water buffalo milk: buff burgers at Aunt Jane's restaurant, buff mo-mos which are the Tibetan won-tons, and buff steaks at The Globe.
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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 by rubbing.
    He was already buffing the car's hubs.
  2. (video games, role-playing games) To make a character or an item stronger.
    The enchanter buffed the paladin to prepare him to fight the dragon.
    I noticed that the pistols were buffed in the update.
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Etymology 2[edit]

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


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?)


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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