Buff (?), n. [OE. buff, buffe, buff, buffalo, F. buffle buffalo. See Buffalo.]


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.

"A suit of buff."



The color to buff; a light yellow, shading toward pink, gray, or brown.

A visage rough,
Deformed, unfeatured, and a skin of buff.


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.


The bare skin; as, to strip to the buff.


To be in buff is equivalent to being naked.


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Buff, a.


Made of buff leather.



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. [Obs.] Nares. -- Buff stick Mech., a strip of wood covered with buff leather, used in polishing.


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Buff, v. t.

To polish with a buff. See Buff, n., 5.


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Buff, v. t. [OF. bufer to cuff, buffet. See Buffet a blow.]

To strike.


B. Jonson.


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Buff, n. [See Buffet.]

A buffet; a blow; -- obsolete except in the phrase "Blindman's buff."

Nathless so sore a buff to him it lent That made him reel.


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Buff, a. [Of uncertain etymol.]

Firm; sturdy.

And for the good old cause stood buff,
'Gainst many a bitter kick and cuff.


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