Buff vs Shin - What's the difference?

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As an acronym buff

is (slang|us|air force) big ugly fat fellow (or fucker); us airforce nickname for the b-52 bomber.

buff

English

Etymology 1

From .

Noun

(en noun)
  • Undyed leather from the skin of buffalo or similar animals.
  • * Shakespeare
  • a suit of buff
  • A tool, often one covered with buff leather, used for polishing.
  • A brownish yellow colour.
  • * Dryden
  • a visage rough, deformed, unfeatured, and a skin of buff
  • A military coat made of buff leather.
  • (Shakespeare)
  • (informal) A person who is very interested in a particular subject; an enthusiast.
  • He’s a history buff .
  • (gaming) An effect that temporally makes a gaming character stronger.
  • (rail transport) Compressive coupler force that occurs during a slack bunched condition.
  • The bare skin.
  • to strip to the buff
  • * Wright
  • To be in buff is equivalent to being naked.
  • The greyish viscid substance constituting the buffy coat.
  • A substance used to dilute (street) drugs in order to increase profits.
  • * Police said the 20 ton hydraulic jack was used to press mixtures of cocaine and "buff" into bricks. (CBC)
  • Derived terms
    * in the buff
    Antonyms
    * (video games) debuff * (video games) nerf

    Adjective

    (en-adj)
  • Of the color of buff leather, a brownish yellow.
  • (bodybuilding): Unusually muscular. (also buffed'' or ''buffed out )
  • The bouncer was a big, buff dude with tattoos, a shaved head, and a serious scowl.
  • * 1994 , Blurred Boundaries: Questions of Meaning in Contemporary Culture , page 155:
  • The appearance of logic often derives from faulty syllogisms such as Sgt. Koon's conclusion that King was an ex-con because he was "buffed out " (heavily muscled). The thinking is: "ex-cons are often buffed out; this man is buffed out; therefore, this man is an ex-con."
  • (slang) attractive.
  • Derived terms
    * buff-tip moth * buffly

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To polish and make shiny by rubbing.
  • (gaming) To make a character stronger.
  • The enchanter buffed the paladin to prepare him to fight the dragon.
    Derived terms
    * buff out * buff up * buff wheel

    Synonyms

    * (to make smooth and shiny by rubbing) wax, shine, polish, furbish, burnish
    Antonyms
    * (video games) debuff * (video games) nerf

    See also

    *

    Etymology 2

    (etyl) .

    Verb

    (en verb)
  • To strike.
  • (Ben Jonson)

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A buffet; a blow.
  • * Spenser
  • Nathless so sore a buff to him it lent / That made him reel.
    Derived terms
    * blind man's buff

    shin

    English

    Etymology 1

    From (etyl) shine, from (etyl) scinu, from (etyl) . Cognate with West Frisian skine, Dutch scheen, German Schiene.

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The front part of the leg below the knee; the front edge of the shin bone.
  • A fishplate for a railway.
  • (Knight)
    Synonyms
    * tibia

    Verb

    (shinn)
  • To climb a mast, tree, rope, or the like, by embracing it alternately with the arms and legs, without help of steps, spurs, or the like.
  • to shin up a mast
  • To strike with the shin.
  • * {{quote-news
  • , year=2011 , date=January 5 , author=Mark Ashenden , title=Wolverhampton 1 - 0 Chelsea , work=BBC citation , page= , passage=The warning signs had been there as Peter Cech had already had to palm away a stinging shot from Ronald Zubar but immediately afterwards the Blues goalkeeper could only watch in horror as defender Boswinga shinned the ball into his own net from Hunt's corner. }}
  • (US, slang) To run about borrowing money hastily and temporarily, as when trying to make a payment.
  • (Bartlett)
    Synonyms
    * shinny (US)
    Derived terms
    * shinny * shin bone * shin leaf * shin splints

    Etymology 2

    Ultimately from (etyl) . Compare Shamash.

    Alternative forms

    * sheen *

    Noun

    (en noun)
  • The twenty-first letter of many Semitic alphabets/abjads (Phoenician, Aramaic, Hebrew, Syriac, Arabic and others).
  • Anagrams

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