from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A soft, thick, undyed leather made chiefly from the skins of buffalo, elk, or oxen.
  • n. A military uniform coat made of such leather.
  • n. A pale, light, or moderate yellowish pink to yellow, including moderate orange-yellow to light yellowish brown.
  • n. Informal Bare skin: swimming in the buff.
  • n. A piece of soft material, such as velvet or leather, often mounted on a block and used for polishing.
  • adj. Made or formed of buff: a buff jacket.
  • adj. Of the color buff.
  • adj. Slang Having good muscle tone; physically fit and trim: buff athletes lifting weights at the gym.
  • transitive v. To polish or shine with a piece of soft material.
  • transitive v. To soften the surface of (leather) by raising a nap.
  • transitive v. To make the color of buff.
  • n. Informal One who is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about a subject: a Civil War buff.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. Undyed leather from the skin of buffalo or similar animals.
  • n. A tool, often one covered with buff leather, used for polishing.
  • n. A brownish yellow colour.
  • n. A military coat made of buff leather.
  • n. A person who is very interested in a particular subject; an enthusiast.
  • n. An effect that temporally makes a gaming character stronger.
  • n. Compressive coupler force that occurs during a slack bunched condition.
  • adj. Of the color of buff leather, a brownish yellow.
  • adj. : Unusually muscular. (also buffed or buffed out)
  • adj. attractive.
  • v. To polish and make shiny.
  • v. To make a character stronger.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Made of buff leather.
  • adj. Of the color of buff.
  • adj. Firm; sturdy.
  • n. 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.
  • n. The color of buff; a light yellow, shading toward pink, gray, or brown.
  • n. A military coat, made of buff leather.
  • n. The grayish viscid substance constituting the buffy coat. See Buffy coat, under Buffy, a.
  • n. A wheel covered with buff leather, and used in polishing cutlery, spoons, etc.
  • n. The bare skin.
  • n. A buffet; a blow; -- obsolete except in the phrase “Blindman's buff.” See blindman's buff.
  • transitive v. to polish with a soft cloth, especially one similar to a buff{5}. See buff, n., 5.
  • transitive v. To strike.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A buffalo.
  • n. A kind of thick leather, originally and properly made of the skin of the buffalo, but now also of the skins of other animals, as elks, oxen, etc.
  • n. A buff-coat (which see).
  • n. The color of buff-leather; a yellow color deficient in luminosity and in chroma.
  • n. plural The third regiment of the line in the British army: so called from the color of the facings of their uniform.
  • n. In medicine, the buffy coat. See buffy.
  • n. A buff-stick; a buff-wheel.
  • n. The bare skin: as, to strip to the buff.
  • Made of buff-leather.
  • Of the color of buff-leather; brownish-yellow.
  • To polish with a buff-wheel or buff-stick.
  • To stammer.
  • To emit a dull sound.
  • To strike; buffet.
  • To resist; deaden, as a buffer.
  • In leather manufacturing, to grind or shave with a buff-wheel.
  • n. A dull fellow; a drone.
  • n. Nonsense; trivial or idle talk: as, that is all buff.
  • n. Ä blow; a slap; a box; a stroke; a buffet.
  • n. In old armor, the chin-piece of the burgonet, corresponding to the aventaile, and pierced with holes to allow breathing.
  • n. A bough.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. a medium to dark tan color
  • v. polish and make shiny
  • n. a soft thick undyed leather from the skins of e.g. buffalo or oxen
  • v. strike, beat repeatedly
  • n. bare skin; naked
  • n. an ardent follower and admirer
  • adj. of the yellowish-beige color of buff leather
  • n. an implement consisting of soft material mounted on a block; used for polishing (as in manicuring)


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

From obsolete buffle, buffalo, from French buffle, from Late Latin būfalus; see buffalo.
From the buff-colored uniform worn by New York volunteer firemen around 1920, originally applied to an enthusiast of fires and firefighting.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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



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