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BUFF

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 Dictionary entry overview: What does buff mean? 

BUFF (noun)
  The noun BUFF has 5 senses:

1. an ardent follower and admirer
2. a soft thick undyed leather from the skins of e.g. buffalo or oxen
3. bare skin; naked
4. a medium to dark tan color
5. an implement consisting of soft material mounted on a block; used for polishing (as in manicuring)

  Familiarity information: BUFF used as a noun is common.


BUFF (adjective)
  The adjective BUFF has 1 sense:

1. of the yellowish-beige color of buff leather

  Familiarity information: BUFF used as an adjective is very rare.


BUFF (verb)
  The verb BUFF has 2 senses:

1. strike, beat repeatedly
2. polish and make shiny

  Familiarity information: BUFF used as a verb is rare.


 Dictionary entry details 


BUFF (noun)


Sense 1buff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An ardent follower and admirer

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people

Synonyms:

buff; devotee; lover; fan

Hypernyms ("buff" is a kind of...):

follower (a person who accepts the leadership of another)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "buff"):

aerophile (a lover of aviation)

aficionado (a serious devotee of some particular music genre or musical performer)

amorist (one dedicated to love and lovemaking especially one who writes about love)

bacchanal; bacchant (a drunken reveller; a devotee of Bacchus)

groupie (an enthusiastic young fan (especially a young woman who follows rock groups around))

Holonyms ("buff" is a member of...):

followers; following (a group of followers or enthusiasts)


Sense 2buff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A soft thick undyed leather from the skins of e.g. buffalo or oxen

Classified under:

Nouns denoting substances

Hypernyms ("buff" is a kind of...):

leather (an animal skin made smooth and flexible by removing the hair and then tanning)


Sense 3buff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Bare skin; naked

Classified under:

Nouns denoting body parts

Context example:

swimming in the buff

Hypernyms ("buff" is a kind of...):

cutis; skin; tegument (a natural protective body covering and site of the sense of touch)


Sense 4buff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

A medium to dark tan color

Classified under:

Nouns denoting attributes of people and objects

Synonyms:

yellowish brown; raw sienna; caramel brown; caramel; buff

Hypernyms ("buff" is a kind of...):

brown; brownness (an orange of low brightness and saturation)

Hyponyms (each of the following is a kind of "buff"):

snuff-color; snuff-colour (dark yellowish brown)


Sense 5buff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

An implement consisting of soft material mounted on a block; used for polishing (as in manicuring)

Classified under:

Nouns denoting man-made objects

Synonyms:

buff; buffer

Hypernyms ("buff" is a kind of...):

implement (instrumentation (a piece of equipment or tool) used to effect an end)


BUFF (adjective)


Sense 1buff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Of the yellowish-beige color of buff leather

Similar:

chromatic (being or having or characterized by hue)


BUFF (verb)


Sense 1buff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Strike, beat repeatedly

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

buff; buffet

Context example:

The wind buffeted him

Hypernyms (to "buff" is one way to...):

hit (deal a blow to, either with the hand or with an instrument)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Somebody ----s somebody


Sense 2buff [BACK TO TOP]

Meaning:

Polish and make shiny

Classified under:

Verbs of touching, hitting, tying, digging

Synonyms:

burnish; furbish; buff; flush

Context examples:

buff the wooden floors / buff my shoes

Hypernyms (to "buff" is one way to...):

polish; shine; smooth; smoothen (make (a surface) shine)

Sentence frames:

Somebody ----s something
Something ----s something

Sentence example:

They buff the glass tubes


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