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Buff (noun)

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Buff. n.s. [from buffalo.]

  1. A sort of leather prepared from the skin of the buffalo; used for waist belts, pouches, &c.

    A ropy chain of rheums, a visage rough,
    Deform'd, unfeatur'd, and a skin of buff.
    Dryden's Juvenal.

  2. The skins of elks and oxen dressed in oil, and prepared after the same manner as that of the buffalo.

  3. A military coat made of thick leather, so that a blow cannot easily pierce it.

    A fiend, a fury, pitiless and rough,
    A wolf, nay worse, a fellow all in buff.

Sources: Shakespeare's Comedy of Errors (24) · Dryden, John (788)

Attributes: Noun Substantive (1269)

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