|1.||a. a soft thick flexible undyed leather made chiefly from the skins of buffalo, oxen, and elk|
|b. (as modifier): a buff coat|
|2.||a. a dull yellow or yellowish-brown colour|
|b. (as adjective): buff paint|
|3.||Also called: buffer|
|a. a cloth or pad of material used for polishing an object|
|b. a flexible disc or wheel impregnated with a fine abrasive for polishing metals, etc, with a power tool|
|4.||informal one's bare skin (esp in the phrase in the buff)|
|5.||to clean or polish (a metal, floor, shoes, etc) with a buff|
|6.||to remove the grain surface of (a leather)|
|7.||informal (US) in a condition of high physical fitness and body tone, maintained by regular exercise|
|[C16: from Old French buffle, from Old Italian bufalo, from Late Latin būfalus|
"The Buffs are men and boys whose love of fires, fire-fighting and firemen is a predominant characteristic." [N.Y. "Sun," Feb. 4, 1903]Adj. meaning "well-built, hunky" is from 1980s, from sense "polish, make attractive."
see in the buff.