Buff to Bullet
Buff Buff is a contraction of buffle or buffalo; and buff skin is the skin of the buffalo prepared. To stand
in buff is to stand without clothing in one's bare skin. To strip to the buff is to strip to the skin. The
French for buff is buffle, which also means a buffalo.
And for the good old cause stood buff,
I must even stand buff and outface him.- Fielding.BUFF in Blind-man's buff, the well-known game, is an allusion to the three buffs or pats which the blind-man gets when he has caught a player. (Norman- French, buffe, a blow; Welsh, paff, verb, paffio, to thump; our buffet is a little slap.)
Buffalo Bill Colonel Cody.
Buffalo Robe (A ). The skin of a bison dressed without removing the hair, and used as a travelling rug.
The word robe is often omitted.
The large and roomy sleigh was decked with buffalo robes, red-bound, and furnished with sham eyes and ears.- The Upper Ten Thousand, p. 4.
Leaving all hands under their buffaloes.- Kane: Arctic Expedition.
Buffer of a railway carriage is an apparatus to rebuff or deaden the force of collision.
Buffer (A ). A chap. The French bouffer (older form, bauffer) meant to eat, as il bauffera tout seul. If
this is the basis of the word, a buffer is one who eats with us, called a Commoner in our universities.
I always said the old buffer would.- Miss Braddon: Lady Audley's Secret.
Buffoon means one who puffs out his cheeks, and makes a ridiculous explosion by causing them suddenly to collapse. This being a standing trick with clowns, caused the name to be applied to low jesters. The Italian baffare is to puff out the cheeks for the purpose of making an explosion; our puff. (Italian buffone, a buffoon; French bouffon.)
Buffoons Names synonymous with Buffoon: -
Buffs The old 3rd regiment of foot soldiers. The men's coats were lined and faced with buff, they also
wore buff waistcoats, buff breeches, and buff stockings. These are the Old Buffs, raised in 1689.
Bugaboo A monster, or goblin, introduced into the tales of the old Italian romancers. (See below. )
Bugbear A scarecrow. Bug is the Welsh bwg, a hobgoblin, called in Russia buka. Spenser says, A
ghastly bug doth greatly them affear (book ii. canto 3); and Hamlet has bugs and goblins (v. 2).
Warwick was a bug that feared us all.
To the world no bug bear is so greatThe latter half of this word is somewhat doubtful. The Welsh bár =ire, fury, wrath, whence barog, spiteful, seems probable.
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