Buff

Definition of Buff

Pronunciation: bŭf
n.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.
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.
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.
To be in buff is equivalent to being naked.
- Wright.
a.1.Made of buff leather.
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.
Buff stick
(Mech.) a strip of wood covered with buff leather, used in polishing.
- Nares.
v. t.1.to polish with a soft cloth, especially one similar to a buff{5}. See Buff, n., 5.
1.To strike.
n.1.A buffet; a blow; - obsolete except in the phrase "Blindman's buff." See blindman's buff.
Nathless so sore a buff to him it lent
That made him reel.
- Spenser.
a.1.Firm; sturdy.
And for the good old cause stood buff,
'Gainst many a bitter kick and cuff.
- Hudibras.

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