—buffability, n. —buffable, adj./buf/, n.1. a soft, thick, light-yellow leather with a napped surface, originally made from buffalo skin but later also from other skins, used for making belts, pouches, etc.2. a brownish-yellow color; tan.3. a buff stick or buff wheel.4. a devotee or well-informed student of some activity or subject: Civil War buffs avidly read the new biography of Grant.5. Informal. the bare skin: in the buff.6. Also called buffcoat. a thick, short coat of buffalo leather, worn esp. by English soldiers and American colonists in the 17th century.7. Informal. a buffalo.adj.8. having the color of buff.9. made of buff leather.10. Slang. physically attractive; muscular.v.t.11. to clean or polish (metal) or give a grainless finish of high luster to (plated surfaces) with or as if with a buff stick or buff wheel.12. to polish or shine, esp. with a buffer: to buff shoes.13. to dye or stain in a buff color.[1545-55; 1900-05 for def. 4; earlier buffe wild ox, back formation from buffle < MF < LL bufalus; see BUFFALO; (def. 4) orig. a person enthusiastic about firefighting and firefighters, allegedly after the buff uniforms once worn by volunteer firefighters in New York City]Syn. 10. burnish, shine.buff2/buf/, v.t.1. to reduce or deaden the force of; act as a buffer.n.2. Chiefly Brit. Dial. a blow; slap.[1375-1425; late ME buffe, back formation from BUFFET1]buff3/buf/, n.buffe.
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