\ 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

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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.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Some of it is perfectly watchable fluff, while lots of content is also educational; the site features a basically limitless array of stuff, from travel videos to sewing tutorials to history lessons. Navneet Alang, TheWeek, "Why YouTube is the true successor to TV," 7 Feb. 2020 The Kepler worlds orbit so close to their star that its energy must be blowing billions of tons of fluff out into space each second, the researchers calculated using a model. Charlie Wood, Popular Science, "These ‘super puff’ planets have the same density as cotton candy," 27 Dec. 2019 Take the over-the-hill beef out of the equation, and the hibachi experience still amounted to a lot of fluff and pageantry for a plate of mediocre stir-fry. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Zero-star review: Formosa Garden losing its luster as one of San Antonio’s longtime Chinese restaurants," 2 Jan. 2020 This week’s been photo ops and fluff on team trips to drive go-karts and shopping sprees at big-box stores. Tom Noie, Indianapolis Star, "Noie: Buzz about and around No. 14 Notre Dame absent from Camping World Bowl," 27 Dec. 2019 The period instruments in the ensemble were a tight and responsive group and — some fluffs in the punishing high trumpet parts aside — shone in their frequent solo work. Joe Banno, Washington Post, "One aria sums up a joyful Washington Bach Consort ‘Christmas Oratorio’," 23 Dec. 2019 Much of the city saw close to a foot of snow with the deluge stranding hundreds of travelers at Denver International Airport, closing schools and roads across the region and burying cars, homes and fire hydrants in wet white fluff. Shelly Bradbury, The Denver Post, "Denver weathers heavy snow on a busy travel day," 26 Nov. 2019 Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to low, add corn, and fluff rice with a fork. Marta Darby, Woman's Day, "Cuban-Style Arroz con Maíz," 22 Oct. 2019 Uncover, fluff with a fork, and cool slightly before using. BostonGlobe.com, "Stuffing tomatoes with quinoa transforms them into a satisfying side dish or meatless main - The Boston Globe," 16 Oct. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb After a season of fluffing around in the Championship, Burnley gave former Stoke defender Erik Pieters the chance to resurrect his Premier League career. SI.com, "Fantasy Premier League: The Dream Team From Gameweek 1," 12 Aug. 2019 Sadowski carefully unwrapped the tree from its netting, fluffing the branches. Alison Bowen, chicagotribune.com, "‘It really brightened the holiday already’: Project connects Chicago families with free Christmas trees," 12 Dec. 2019 Adding a tennis ball to the cycle can help pillows fluff back up. Marni Jameson, The Mercury News, "Home decor: When picking a new pillow, use your head," 17 Sep. 2019 And shortly after Diego Costa fluffed a glorious opportunity to level things up, the returning striker was left rueing his mistake, as the visitors doubled their money. SI.com, "Atletico Madrid 3-2 SD Eibar: Report, Ratings and Reaction as Thomas Seals Dramatic Atleti Comeback," 1 Sep. 2019 Juventus coach Mauricio Sarri rested star player Cristiano Ronaldo ahead of two Serie A games in four days next week, but would have been relieved as closest rival Inter Milan fluffed its chance to go top, held 2-2 at home by Parma later Saturday. Paul Gittings, CNN, "New VAR controversy as Manchester City cuts gap to Liverpool," 26 Oct. 2019 Wash and dry doll with towels to help fluff up the wool. Woman's Day Staff, Woman's Day, "Felted Mummy Doll," 9 Sep. 2019 Juve had a whole host of chances to regain the lead and win the match, but the usually-reliable Gonzalo Higuain and Federico Bernardeschi both fluffed their lines. SI.com, "Maurizio Sarri Keen to Address 'Mental Issue' Within Juventus Squad Following Goal-Shy Start," 30 Oct. 2019 Cover the bowl tightly with a plate or plastic wrap; let the mixture sit for 5 minutes, then uncover and fluff the couscous with a fork. Julia Turshen, Twin Cities, "How cooking for charity made me a better cook at home," 4 July 2019

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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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16 Feb 2020

Cite this Entry

“Fluff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fluff. Accessed 26 Feb. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of fluff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: small balls or pieces of thread, fiber, or dust
: soft fur or feathers
chiefly US, informal : something that has little importance or interest



English Language Learners Definition of fluff (Entry 2 of 2)

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


\ 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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