ETYM Of uncertain etymol.
Of the color of buff leather.
1. A soft thick undyed leather from the skins of e.g. buffalo or oxen.
2. Bare skin.
ETYM Old Fren. bufer to cuff, buffet. Related to Buffet a blow.
To polish vigorously in order to produce a sheen; SYN. burnish, furbish, flush.