\ ˈfləf \

Definition of fluff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : something fluffy dandelion fluff
3 : something inconsequential
4 : blunder especially : an actor's lapse of memory


fluffed; fluffing; fluffs

Definition of fluff (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to make fluffy fluff the pillows birds fluffing up their feathers
2a : to spoil by a mistake : botch
b : to deliver badly or forget (one's lines) in a play

intransitive verb

1 : to become fluffy
2 : to make a mistake especially : to forget or bungle one's lines in a play

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Synonyms for fluff

Synonyms: Noun

down, floss, fur, fuzz, lint, nap, pile

Synonyms: Verb

blunder, boob [British], err, flub, foul up, fumble, goof (up), louse up, mess (up), screw up, slip up, stumble, trip

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Examples of fluff in a Sentence


Her sweater was covered with fluff. The movie was pure fluff. Her latest article has the usual fluff about movie stars and gossip.


The wind fluffed his hair. The golfer fluffed another shot. The actor kept fluffing the same line.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Like the original fluff balls, Zoey, Lulu, and Kali are small, personal, and interactive pets that kids can wrap around their wrists or backpacks to bring with them wherever. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Three New Pomsies Toys Were Just Released on Amazon and Walmart," 2 Nov. 2018 With fork, scrape sweet potato flesh to fluff; add black bean mixture to each potato half, packing to fit. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Supercarb Loaded Sweet Potatoes," 21 Oct. 2016 Let sit for 5 minutes, then remove the towel and fluff with a fork. Anna Thomas Bates, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "On a hot day, this quinoa salad can cool you down - without overheating your kitchen," 11 July 2018 To serve, fluff rice and cover with trout, and top with half of the salsa. Jennifer Rude Klett, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Table for 1: For solo diners, cooking at home offers many perks," 12 July 2018 Cook couscous as label directs; fluff with fork and fold in pistachios, apricots, cilantro and scallion. The Good Housekeeping Test Kitchen, Good Housekeeping, "Butternut Squash and White Bean Soup," 3 Jan. 2018 But that was all surface fluff compared to the real story about surveillance and data mining underneath. Rachel King, Fortune, "Your Summer Reading List: Page-Turning Novels Set in Politics, Finance, and Tech," 6 July 2018 That added focus on customer service might not just be fluff. Macaela Mackenzie, Allure, "Study Finds Online Reviews for Plastic Surgeons Might Be Misleading," 7 May 2018 Just in time, as the last sweets from the bottom of those Easter baskets are gone, the Jefferson Performing Arts Society offers audiences a giant marshmallow fluff of a show that is certain to please. Theodore P. Mahne, NOLA.com, "JPAS premieres 'Catch Me If You Can,' a criminally enjoyable hit," 17 Apr. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

If the dryer seems stuffed full, take breaks throughout the drying cycle to shake out and fluff the comforter. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "Everything You Need to Know About Buying a Comforter," 14 Oct. 2018 Alex Iwobi put Lacazette clean through on goal leaving him with just Lloris to beat, but the former Lyon forward fluffed his lines at the vital moment and dragged his shot just wide of the post. SI.com, "Petr Cech Rues Out-of-Form Lacazette's Missed Chances in Tottenham Defeat," 11 Feb. 2018 Then, in the 54th minute, Long fluffed a golden opportunity after a superb dummy by Austin had left him clean through with just Willy Caballero to beat. SI.com, "WATCH: Hazard, Giroud Light up Wembley as Chelsea Beats Southampton," 22 Apr. 2018 On 73 minutes Bjarnason fluffed a close-range opportunity but Iceland's lifeline arrived a minute later when Dejan Lovren handled a cross by Sigurdsson in the penalty area. Peter Murphy, chicagotribune.com, "Iceland crash out of World Cup after Croatia loss," 26 June 2018 In 1831, French sociologist Alexis de Tocqueville came to the United States, that fledgling nation fluffing its wings, to observe its penal system. Linda Rodriguez Mcrobbie, BostonGlobe.com, "Don’t get too comfortable: America’s relentless pursuit of convenience and relaxation," 19 May 2018 Mats Hummels was the latest player to fluff his lines after latching on to a ball around the six-yard box. Nathan Hilditch, Pro Soccer USA, "South Korea 2-0 Germany: Champions curse strikes again as Germany exits World Cup," 27 June 2018 Stefan Johansen fluffed his lines on his weaker foot after Fulham were gifted a chance at goal, while Aboubakar Kamara was unsuccessful with a tame penalty following a challenge from Alan Hutton. SI.com, "Aston Villa 0-1 Fulham: 10-Man Cottagers Secure Promotion as Captain Cairney Settles Play-Off Final," 26 May 2018 Be sure to have your rooms properly lit with soft lighting; place scented candles in every room; fluff your down pillows on chairs and sofas; have a drink, relax, and greet your guests with a big smile. Tinsley Mortimer, Town & Country, "Tinsley Mortimer's Guide to Hosting Like a Socialite," 3 May 2017

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First Known Use of fluff


1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1835, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for fluff


perhaps blend of flue (fluff) and puff

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The first known use of fluff was in 1790

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English Language Learners Definition of fluff

: to shake or move (something, such as a pillow) so that it is fuller, lighter, or softer

: to do (something) badly


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Kids Definition of fluff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something light and soft Fluff stuck out of the torn cushion.


fluffed; fluffing

Kids Definition of fluff (Entry 2 of 2)

: to make or become fuller, lighter, or softer She fluffed up her pillow.

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to gather or build up little by little

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