pow·​der-puff | \ˈpau̇-dər-ˌpəf \

Definition of powder-puff 

(Entry 1 of 2)

: of, relating to, or being a traditionally male activity or event done or played by women a powder-puff football game

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Definition of powder puff (Entry 2 of 2)

: a small fluffy device (such as a pad) for applying cosmetic powder

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The formula is made with natural ingredients like minerals sourced from South Korea's Jeju island, and comes with a powder puff to ensure flawless application and a natural-looking matte finish. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Innisfree Launches Birthstone Inspired Makeup Setting Powders," 2 May 2018 Mums' blossoms may be as extravagant as a cheerleader's pom-pom or as dainty as a powder puff. The Editors Of Organic Life, Good Housekeeping, "How To Grow The Most Gorgeous Chrysanthemums This Fall," 30 Aug. 2017 According to a press release shared with Teen Vogue, Fenty Beauty's new Body Lava highlighters will retail for $59, and the adorable shimmer powder puff is set to come in at $42. Karina Hoshikawa, Teen Vogue, "Fenty Beauty Body Lava Is Expensive and Beauty Twitter Is Already Broke," 30 Mar. 2018 In addition to the liquid body highlighters, Fenty will also be dropping Fairy Bomb, a shimmery powder puff that appears to contain even more glitter than Body Lava. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Rihanna Shares Fenty Beauty Body Lava Highlighters on Instagram," 27 Mar. 2018 Arsenal are in need of a new centre midfielder who can pull the strings and make tackles and interceptions to try and relieve the pressure on their powder puff defence. SI.com, "Arsenal Fans Urge Club to Sign Sevilla Star N'Zonzi After Dominant Display Against Man Utd," 14 Mar. 2018 No matter, the white powder puff, also known as aka GCHP CH Belle Creek's All I Care About Is Love, was picked and walked off as America's top dog. CBS News, "Flynn the bichon frise wins best in show at Westminster," 14 Feb. 2018 No matter, the white powder puff was picked and walked off as America's top dog. CBS News, "Flynn the bichon frise wins best in show at Westminster," 14 Feb. 2018 My granny had this old-school dressing table with powder puffs and used to do me up in makeup. Daniel Jackson, Allure, "Glitter Eyeshadow, Rose Gold Liner, Blue Mascara - The Most Inspiring Eye Makeup Looks for 2018," 12 Dec. 2017

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1697, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of powder puff

: a small, round piece of soft material that is used to put powder on your face or body

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