cream puff


Definition of cream puff 

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

2 : an ineffectual person

3 : something trifling, inconsiderable, or easily dealt with

4 : a usually used motor vehicle that is in especially good condition

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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

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Nearby, illustrator Jenny Walton smiled in a marshmallow cream puff–sleeved coat and electric poppy pout that, when worn together, tipped the scales toward all things fresh and exuberant. Vogue, "The Best Street Style Beauty at London Fashion Week," 18 Sep. 2018 Will run for cream puffs: Help the Wisconsin State Fair Foundation by joining the Cream Puff 5K run and 1K walk. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 things to do this week in the southwest suburbs," 10 July 2018 The cost is $45, which includes a cream puff, State Fair ticket, T-shirt, ribbon, beverage and post-race party. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "5 things to do this week in the southwest suburbs," 10 July 2018 Breakfast rolls out between 9 to 11 a.m. Then cookies and cream puffs start sliding into the shelves right around 11:30 a.m. Bon Appetit, "Burrow," 25 June 2018 The satisfying saviors arrived last: a luscious chocolate pot de crème and a comforting cream puff filled with homemade whipped cream. Lindsey Tramuta, New York Times, "At a Nostalgic Paris Restaurant, Food Takes a Back Seat to Fun," 16 June 2018 Participants will receive a State Fair ticket, cream puff, T-shirt, finishers ribbon, water, soda or beer, and a post-race party with the LoveMonkeys. Hannah Kirby, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "21 Things-to-do in the southwest suburbs in July," 29 June 2018 The manias of previous years, such as the cream puffs from Beard Papa, have already dissipated. Jonathan Kauffman, San Francisco Chronicle, "In the chain-averse Bay Area, why are we so crazy for Asian restaurant chains?," 31 May 2018 Sfince di San Giuseppe Prep: 2 hours Chill: 1 hour Cook: 5 to 6 minutes per batch Makes: 15 to 20 There are versions of these sweet, filled cream puffs throughout Italy, each with its own regional touch. Domenica Marchetti,, "How to make fried Sicilian St. Joseph's Day treat called sfince," 16 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of cream puff

1880, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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The first known use of cream puff was in 1880

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English Language Learners Definition of cream puff

: a type of light pastry that is filled with whipped cream or a sweetened cream filling and often topped with chocolate

: a weak person : a person who can be easily controlled or defeated

: a used car that is in very good condition

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