\ ˈfləf How to pronounce fluff (audio) \

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

Synonyms for fluff

Synonyms: Noun

Synonyms: Verb

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Examples of fluff in a Sentence

Noun Her sweater was covered with fluff. The movie was pure fluff. Her latest article has the usual fluff about movie stars and gossip. Verb The wind fluffed his hair. The golfer fluffed another shot. The actor kept fluffing the same line. See More
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The formulas are made with active ingredients that are clinically proven, without any filler or fluff. Rachel King, Fortune, 30 Apr. 2022 Chocolate doughnuts also were a standout here, fried to a delicate fluff and topped with a flavorful glaze. Paul Stephen, San Antonio Express-News, 2 Mar. 2022 Paleontologists are only just beginning to uncover the deep history of colorful fluff and fuzz, a line of inquiry that will have experts digging into the earliest days of the Age of Reptiles. Riley Black, Scientific American, 20 Apr. 2022 This study finetunes this idea, claiming that instead of mere fluff, the ancient reptiles had feathers that helped regulate body temperature and with visual communication. NBC News, 20 Apr. 2022 But the daring conceit, so at odds with typical musical fluff, has grown even more disturbing since the pandemic forced the postponement of this East West Players’ revival. Los Angeles Times, 23 Feb. 2022 The sandwich sees jelly substituted with marshmallow fluff. Taylor Avery, USA TODAY, 26 Oct. 2021 That’s a boon to gentlemen with pandemic food babies - or who are just thick in the waist - but wish to highlight their muscles and minimize their fluff in their choice of clothing. Josh Max, Forbes, 21 Apr. 2022 Not that there’s anything wrong with those, but where are the usual three pages of film reviews on Fridays or film acquisitions or star fluff-pieces, etc.? Los Angeles Times, 15 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Uncover, and use a rice paddle or wide spoon to gently fluff the grains. Washington Post, 5 May 2022 Toward the end of the first installment, Hailey grabbed a spoolie brush and Milk Makeup's KUSH Fiber Gel to fluff her brows. Jasmine Washington, Seventeen, 4 Apr. 2022 Remove pot from heat and let sit, covered, for 5 minutes, then gently fluff with fork and set aside to cool slightly. Tribune News Service, cleveland, 4 Apr. 2022 Uncover and fluff the rice with a fork to separate the grains, then let cool uncovered until warm enough to handle. Washington Post, 10 Dec. 2021 Their suggestion: throw it in the dryer for a quick cycle to smooth out wrinkles and fluff it up. Jessica Leigh Mattern, PEOPLE.com, 10 Feb. 2022 Ghost can fluff up so much his eyes are barely visible. Zaz Hollander, Anchorage Daily News, 7 Jan. 2022 Uncover the pot, season the greens with salt, and then fluff them into the rice. Ali Slagle, Bon Appétit, 18 Nov. 2021 Some dip their beaks in the water for fish, while others fluff their wings for flight. Elena Bruess, San Antonio Express-News, 22 Nov. 2021 See More

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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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23 May 2022

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“Fluff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fluff. Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for fluff


\ ˈfləf How to pronounce fluff (audio) \

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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