fluff

noun
\ 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

fluff

verb
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

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

Short of the fluff involved with scents and colors, the majority of personal care needs are unisex. Hana Hong, Marie Claire, "Can I Use My Boyfriend’s Moisturizer?," 30 Aug. 2019 Adopt this jumbo-sized package of fluff & love: https://t.co/v8aB6PzBbL. Please RT to help this sad-eyed guy find happiness! Doha Madani, NBC News, "Chunky cat finds foster home after 3,000 applications respond to viral tweet," 28 Aug. 2019 Alcott’s stories are not some kind of preachy fluff. Sarah Schutte, National Review, "Louisa May Alcott: A Writer for All Ages," 22 Aug. 2019 Not every piece of pop-culture fluff belongs, pumped up, on a big stage. Peter Marks, Washington Post, "I enjoyed ‘Be More Chill’ this time. And no, that isn’t the wine talking.," 23 July 2019 Standard fluff from a teammate and good friend who trained with Dwelley in Nashville this summer? Eric Branch, SFChronicle.com, "Five 49ers to watch in preseason opener," 10 Aug. 2019 Cocktails Don't let all the glitter and gilding convince you that the cocktail list is fluff. Liz Biro, Indianapolis Star, "Cake Bake Shop is finally open in Carmel, and it fulfills every sweet dream," 1 July 2019 My colleague Becky Krystal suggested gilding this lily by topping the torte with marshmallow fluff. Washington Post, "If you made a cake out of graham crackers, chocolate and marshmallows, would you call it a s’morte?," 26 June 2019 Small balls of gray catkin fluff blew on the wind, seedpods from poplars, which bloom all over Warsaw in the spring. Ruth Franklin, The New Yorker, "Olga Tokarczuk’s Novels Against Nationalism," 29 July 2019

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, Twin Cities, "How cooking for charity made me a better cook at home," 4 July 2019 Transfer the strips to a bowl with ice water and periodically fluff the strips to help them curl. Michael Gardiner, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Chef’s guidance in foraging leads the way to tasty culinary discoveries," 25 June 2019 The Birds fluffed up their slight cushion the next inning. Chris Jeter, baltimoresun.com, "Aberdeen Ironbirds defeat Lowell for fifth straight victory," 25 July 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 Spread the rice on a rimmed baking sheet to cool, fluffing it with a fork as needed. Bonnie S. Benwick, Washington Post, "Chickpeas and fresh herbs make this brown rice salad a satisfying summer star," 2 July 2019 From there, not even England, at least not this England, could fluff its lines. James Masters, CNN, "Australia vs. England: England ends 27-year wait to reach World Cup final," 11 July 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 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

Noun

1790, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1835, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

History and Etymology for fluff

Noun

perhaps blend of flue (fluff) and puff

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fluff

noun

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

fluff

verb

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

fluff

noun
\ 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.

fluff

verb
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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