\ 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

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

Listening to their stories really help inspire, hone down, and shave off unnecessary fluff to be more focused and accelerate the pathway to success. Lily Shaw, Twin Cities, "Startup Showcase: Minivan’s necessity drove this mom to invention," 16 June 2019 Next, the recipe is as simple as possible, with no extraneous fluff—every ingredient and step is there for a reason. Alex Delany, Bon Appétit, "I'm Not a Baker and Even I Can Make These Buttery Biscuits," 14 June 2019 That ability to expand, combined with additional flexibility from postulated extra dimensions, makes strings fluff up when enough of them are packed into a small space. Quanta Magazine, "Black Hole Firewalls Could Be Too Tepid to Burn," 22 Aug. 2018 Critics might call them trash or fluff, or dismiss them as mere entertainment. Jennifer Weiner, EW.com, "Jennifer Weiner pens essay on beach reads for EW: 'I've tried to make peace with the label'," 17 June 2019 The deeper and wider your navel is, the more space available for fluff to amass. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "Excuse Me, What Even Is Belly Button Lint?," 1 Mar. 2019 This season, designers are using shearling in other ways, too—even on bags and shoes. Because why should all of that fluff and warmth be restricted to your outerwear? Madeline Fass, Vogue, "This Winter’s Most Practical Accessories Will Make You Feel Warm and Fuzzy," 13 Dec. 2018 Lift the steam rack out of the pressure cooker and fluff rice with a fork. Woman's Day Kitchen, Woman's Day, "Garlic Lemon Chicken with Broccoli Rabe," 16 Aug. 2018 Others look more like slippers (complete with fluff and cushioning, thank you, Gucci)—you can basically roll out of bed and wear them. Tara Gonzalez, Glamour, "The Best Loafers to Buy This Fall," 2 Oct. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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, Washington Post, "Make this easy, fragrant couscous anytime you want a crowd-pleasing side dish," 1 July 2019 Prevent cracks and crusting of the soil with mulch or going through with a hoe and fluffing up the top couple of inches. oregonlive.com, "Trial gardens show vegetables can be grown without irrigation," 11 June 2019 This weatherproof layer traps heat against the body, an effect enhanced by fluffing up the feathers. Caroline Picard, Good Housekeeping, "Here's How Birds Stay Warm in the Winter, In Case You Were Wondering," 1 Feb. 2019 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

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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

 (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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