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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 There’s so much boring fluff in the first ten minutes of this episode. Kyndall Cunningham, Vulture, "The Challenge: Double Agents Recap: The Plot Against Aneesa," 25 Mar. 2021 Three-hundred and fifty inches of fluff, steeps, and matchstick forests draw powder lovers of all stripes to its slopes. BostonGlobe.com, "Jay Peak, a mountain with soul," 24 Mar. 2021 To keep them in their best shape, give them a good fluff when making your bed in the morning and put them in the dryer once a month. Samantha Rees, Vogue, "The Best Bed Pillows For a Long, Luxurious Night’s Rest," 17 Mar. 2021 Of course, Barefoot Dreams isn’t the only manufacturer of synthetic fluff. Kaitlin Menza, New York Times, "Barefoot Dreams and the Conquest of Cozy," 19 Mar. 2021 Where the sling is elastic, the rest of the shoe is firm and supportive—albeit beneath a layer of plush fluff. Rebecca Norris, USA TODAY, "25 of the most popular things you can buy at Nordstrom," 11 Mar. 2021 Maybe there’s value in stripping away the fluff, in focusing on the connection without the confetti. Katie Weeman, Scientific American, "Pregnant during Pandemic: The Bump That No One Saw," 4 Feb. 2021 Pet owners should keep their pets' weight under control, despite how cute that extra fluff may be, Ward said. Maria Morava And Scottie Andrew, CNN, "It's not just you. Your pets are also putting on the pounds during the pandemic," 8 Mar. 2021 One of the worst songs of the '90s, and that is saying something, this pop fluff had some of the most insipid lyrics ever. Steve Baltin, Forbes, "The Worst Lyrics Of All Time," 3 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Using a fork, fluff the lentils and rice, removing and discarding the bay. BostonGlobe.com, "Recipes: A weeknight meal that makes the most of classic Middle Eastern ingredients," 7 Apr. 2021 This foam is supposed to be responsive — springing back into shape without the need to fluff it. Ambar Pardilla, NBC News, "The best pillows of 2021: Buffy, Casper, Brooklinen and more," 1 Apr. 2021 Stop the dryer a few times throughout the cycle to fluff them and break up lumps by hand. Amanda Garrity, Good Housekeeping, "How to Wash Pillows in the Washing Machine and by Hand," 29 Mar. 2021 Use a fork to fluff the quinoa and separate the grains. Katy Severson, chicagotribune.com, "How to cook quinoa," 23 Mar. 2021 If leaves are matted in the garden beds, fluff them up with a rake or remove most of them. Beth Botts, chicagotribune.com, "12 dos and don’ts for early spring gardening," 21 Mar. 2021 Even if no one was hungry, Ittoop's mom would lovingly fluff the rice, make raita, and pull out the fig and date pickle and popadam to eat alongside. Priya Krishna, Southern Living, "Ann Ittoop’s Easter Memories," 18 Mar. 2021 The water will help to re-fluff the carpet fibers, encouraging them to return to their original shapes. Jeff Harper, chicagotribune.com, "Creative things you can do with a vacuum," 6 Mar. 2021 Ginny, feeling behind her overachieving friends, wants to win to help fluff up her future college applications. E. Alex Jung, Vulture, "My Spirit Left My Body Watching This Ginny & Georgia Scene," 5 Mar. 2021

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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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“Fluff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/fluff. Accessed 23 Apr. 2021.

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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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