buff


From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Buff \Buff\, a. [Of uncertain etymol.]
   Firm; sturdy.
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         And for the good old cause stood buff,
         'Gainst many a bitter kick and cuff.     --Hudibras.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Buff \Buff\, a.
   1. Made of buff leather. --Goldsmith.
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   2. Of the color of buff.
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   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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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Buff \Buff\ (b[u^]f), n. [OE. buff, buffe, buff, buffalo, F.
   buffle buffalo. See Buffalo.]
   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. "A suit
      of buff." --Shak.
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   2. The color of buff; a light yellow, shading toward pink,
      gray, or brown.
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            A visage rough,
            Deformed, unfeatured, and a skin of buff. --Dryden.
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   3. A military coat, made of buff leather. --Shak.
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   4. (Med.) The grayish viscid substance constituting the buffy
      coat. See Buffy coat, under Buffy, a.
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   5. (Mech.) A wheel covered with buff leather, and used in
      polishing cutlery, spoons, etc.
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   6. The bare skin; as, to strip to the buff. [Colloq.]
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            To be in buff is equivalent to being naked.
                                                  --Wright.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Buff \Buff\, v. t.
   to polish with a soft cloth, especially one similar to a
   buff[5]. See Buff, n., 5.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Buff \Buff\, v. t. [OF. bufer to cuff, buffet. See Buffet a
   blow.]
   To strike. [Obs.] --B. Jonson.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

Buff \Buff\, n. [See Buffet.]
   A buffet; a blow; -- obsolete except in the phrase
   "Blindman's buff." See blindman's buff.
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         Nathless so sore a buff to him it lent
         That made him reel.                      --Spenser.
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From The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:

colorful \colorful\ adj.
   1. having striking color. Opposite of colorless.

   Note: [Narrower terms: {changeable, chatoyant, iridescent,
         shot}; deep, rich; flaming; fluorescent, glowing;
         prismatic; psychedelic; {red, ruddy, flushed,
         empurpled}]

   Syn: colourful.
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   2. striking in variety and interest. Opposite of colorless
      or dull. [Narrower terms: brave, fine, gay, glorious;
      flamboyant, resplendent, unrestrained; {flashy, gaudy,
      jazzy, showy, snazzy, sporty}; picturesque]
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   3. having color or a certain color; not black, white or grey;
      as, colored crepe paper. Opposite of colorless and
      monochrome.

   Note: [Narrower terms: tinted; touched, tinged; {amber,
         brownish-yellow, yellow-brown}; amethyst; {auburn,
         reddish-brown}; aureate, gilded, gilt, gold, golden;
         azure, cerulean, sky-blue, bright blue; {bicolor,
         bicolour, bicolored, bicoloured, bichrome}; {blue,
         bluish, light-blue, dark-blue}; {blushful,
         blush-colored, rosy}; bottle-green; bronze, bronzy;
         brown, brownish, dark-brown; buff; {canary,
         canary-yellow}; caramel, caramel brown; carnation;
         chartreuse; chestnut; dun; {earth-colored,
         earthlike}; fuscous; {green, greenish, light-green,
         dark-green}; jade, jade-green; khaki; {lavender,
         lilac}; mauve; moss green, mosstone; {motley,
         multicolor, culticolour, multicolored, multicoloured,
         painted, particolored, particoloured, piebald, pied,
         varicolored, varicoloured}; mousy, mouse-colored;
         ocher, ochre; olive-brown; olive-drab; olive;
         orange, orangish; peacock-blue; pink, pinkish;
         purple, violet, purplish; {red, blood-red, carmine,
         cerise, cherry, cherry-red, crimson, ruby, ruby-red,
         scarlet}; red, reddish; rose, roseate; rose-red;
         rust, rusty, rust-colored; {snuff, snuff-brown,
         snuff-color, snuff-colour, snuff-colored,
         snuff-coloured, mummy-brown, chukker-brown}; {sorrel,
         brownish-orange}; stone, stone-gray; {straw-color,
         straw-colored, straw-coloured}; tan; tangerine;
         tawny; ultramarine; umber; {vermilion,
         vermillion, cinibar, Chinese-red}; yellow, yellowish;
         yellow-green; avocado; bay; beige; {blae
         bluish-black or gray-blue)}; coral; creamy; {cress
         green, cresson, watercress}; hazel; {honey,
         honey-colored}; hued(postnominal); magenta;
         maroon; pea-green; russet; sage, sage-green;
         sea-green] [Also See: chromatic, colored, dark,
         light.]

   Syn: colored, coloured, in color(predicate).
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