- a soft, thick, light-yellow leather with a napped surface, originally made from buffalo skin but later also from other skins, used for making belts, pouches, etc.
- a brownish-yellow color; tan.
- buff stick
- a devotee or well-informed student of some activity or subject: Civil War buffs avidly read the new biography of Grant.
- Informal. the bare skin: in the buff.
- Also called buffcoat. a thick, short coat of buffalo leather, worn especially by English soldiers and American colonists in the 17th century.
- Informal. a buffalo.
- having the color of buff.
- made of buff leather.
- Slang. physically attractive; muscular.
Origin of buff1
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- to reduce or deaden the force of; act as a buffer.
- Chiefly British Dialect. a blow; slap.
Origin of buff2
Examples from the Web for buffed
Inside, patrons can sip on bespoke whisky and coffee while getting that buffed and polished look.The Most Exciting New Hotels, Restaurants, and Submarines of 2014
December 29, 2014
The buffed and handsome pair could be seen on early-morning runs around the walled compound.Early Signs of General Petraeus’s Extramarital Affair
November 11, 2012
Koon: Buffed out is jargon that I have come to associate with very muscular.
Would you please describe to the jury what buffed out means to you.
Mounger: With regard to your state of mind, what were you thinking when you saw this buffed out person?
I buffed for a while, and then I put the fishbowl on my head and looked through it.The Risk Profession
Donald Edwin Westlake
So he rubbed wax until his elbows ached, massaged the wax into the wood, buffed it with shop rags so that the house shone.Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town
Curiously the deposit was very dark, almost black, which could not be buffed or polished bright.
It had been washed and buffed and polished until it looked as new as the day I picked it out on the salesroom floor.Highways in Hiding
George Oliver Smith
He was all his grandfather was, only sandpapered, buffed and polished by civilization.Little Journeys to the Homes of the Great, Volume 7
- a soft thick flexible undyed leather made chiefly from the skins of buffalo, oxen, and elk
- (as modifier)a buff coat
- a dull yellow or yellowish-brown colour
- (as adjective)buff paint
- Also called: buffer
- a cloth or pad of material used for polishing an object
- a flexible disc or wheel impregnated with a fine abrasive for polishing metals, etc, with a power tool
- informal one's bare skin (esp in the phrase in the buff)
- to clean or polish (a metal, floor, shoes, etc) with a buff
- to remove the grain surface of (a leather)
- (tr) to deaden the force of
- archaic a blow or buffet (now only in the phrase blind man's buff)
- informal an expert on or devotee of a given subjecta cheese buff
Word Origin and History for buffed
1570s, buffe leather "leather made of buffalo hide," from Middle French buffle "buffalo" (15c., via Italian, from Latin bufalus; see buffalo (n.)).
The color term comes from the hue of buffalo hides (later ox hides). Association of "hide" and "skin" led c.1600 to in the buff. Buff-colored uniforms of New York City 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]
"well-built, hunky," 1980s, from buff (v.) "polish, make attractive."
"to polish, make attractive," 1885, in reference to the treatment of buff leather or else to the use of buff cloth in polishing metals, from buff (n.). Related: Buffed; buffing.
Idioms and Phrases with buffed
see in the buff.