cream puff


: a round shell of light pastry filled with whipped cream or a cream filling
: an ineffectual person
: something trifling, inconsiderable, or easily dealt with
: a usually used motor vehicle that is in especially good condition

Examples of cream puff in a Sentence

We'll never win with a bunch of cream puffs on our team! everyone thinks tonight's game will be a cream puff, and so it hasn't generated a lot of interest
Recent Examples on the Web Banana chocolate-chip muffins, lava cakes, chocolate-mousse cakes, lemon bars, even cream puffs (my specialty) were well within my wheelhouse. Sarah Schutte, National Review, 11 Feb. 2024 Dessert choices are crackle cream puffs, raspberry almond tart or chocolate and raspberry Mousseline with white chocolate gelato. Connie Ogle, Miami Herald, 1 Feb. 2024 Conwell whipped up cream puffs and pastry cream from Betty Crocker’s classic cookbook, worked as a buser and server at the local country club and eventually was recruited to make the famous cinnamon-and-cheese rolls that club members wolfed down. Kimberly Winter Stern, Kansas City Star, 25 Jan. 2024 The two-hour classes, which can be booked almost every day, include a tasting and a box of cream puffs and recipes to take home. Florence Fabricant, New York Times, 23 Oct. 2023 Sienna Miller looked like a cream puff from an expensive bakery in a Schiaparelli haute couture two-piece at Vogue World in London on Thursday, September 14. Hanna Lustig, Glamour, 15 Sep. 2023 As champagne glasses slowly turned into red wine glasses, attendees wrapped up their conversations over cream puffs doused in chocolate sauce. Florence O'Connor, Vogue, 8 Sep. 2023 Other spiffy numbers from its statistical wrap-up: The Wisconsin Bakers Association served 307,000 cream puffs (down from 320,000 in 2022). Jim Higgins, Journal Sentinel, 15 Aug. 2023 Ray's Ice Cream — which offers other treats like sundaes, ice cream sandwiches, cream puffs and banana splits — is located at 4233 Coolidge in Royal Oak. Gina Kaufman, Detroit Free Press, 15 July 2023 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of cream puff was in 1880

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“Cream puff.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 Feb. 2024.

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cream puff

: a round shell of light pastry filled with whipped cream or a cream filling

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