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buff 1

 (bŭf)
n.
1. A soft, thick, undyed leather made chiefly from the skins of buffalo, elk, or oxen.
2. A military uniform coat made of such leather.
3. A pale, light, or moderate yellowish pink to yellow, including moderate orange-yellow to light yellowish brown.
4. A piece of soft material, such as velvet or leather, often mounted on a block and used for polishing.
adj.
1. Made or formed of buff: a buff jacket.
2. Of the color buff.
3. buff·er, buff·est Slang Having good muscle tone; physically fit and trim: buff athletes lifting weights at the gym.
tr.v. buffed, buff·ing, buffs
1. To polish or shine with a piece of soft material.
2. To soften the surface of (leather) by raising a nap.
3. To make the color of buff.
Idiom:
in the buff
Naked.

[From obsolete buffle, buffalo, from French buffle, from Late Latin būfalus; see buffalo.]

buff 2

 (bŭf)
n. Informal
One who is enthusiastic and knowledgeable about a subject: a Civil War buff.

[From the buff-colored uniform worn by New York volunteer firemen in the 19th century, originally applied to an enthusiast of fires and firefighting.]
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Adj.1.in the buff - (used informally) completely unclothedin the buff - (used informally) completely unclothed
colloquialism - a colloquial expression; characteristic of spoken or written communication that seeks to imitate informal speech
unclothed - not wearing clothing
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THEY may cover their modesty during the job but we got one Butler in the Buff to bare all The concept of Butlers in the Buff is simple: a 'gorgeous' waiter in a very skimpy uniform can be hired for events and parties to mix cocktails, serve drinks, play party games and make your event the best it can be - even if that means loading the dishwasher.
Burck already owns the Naked Cowboy trademark, and he offers those wanting to perform in the buff with him a franchise agreement, according to documents obtained by the New York Post.
Your own Paps of Jura or Ben More in the buff, send them in and we'll stick them up.