pow·​der-puff | \ ˈpau̇-dər-ˌpəf How to pronounce powder-puff (audio) \

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

Examples of powder-puff in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun For the 28-year-old rapper — a former track star, volleyball captain and quarterback of her high school powder puff football team — recognition from the Recording Academy was less cause to day-drink and more a reminder to keep grinding. Los Angeles Times, 9 Dec. 2021 The game, which is the longest running powder puff contest in the country, will take place at Sheehan at 2 p.m. Lori Riley, courant.com, 23 Nov. 2021 Hawley has volunteered with Newberg youth football powder puff and soccer as a camp assistant and referee. oregonlive, 1 July 2021 With his cosmetics brand One/Size, the influencer is reinvigorating makeup maximalism with his latest launch, the Ultimate Collection, which consists of a setting powder, a powder puff for application, and a duo of false eyelashes. Nicola Dall'asen, Allure, 9 Nov. 2020 At Mukwonago High School, the school has canceled its Movie Night, homecoming dance, homecoming pep rally, powder puff game and bonfire. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Sep. 2020 The parade, dance and powder puff game will be postponed, possibly until spring or fall 2021, according to information from the school's student council. Alec Johnson, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, 30 Sep. 2020 Teach the kids about what an azalea looks like or read about dwarf powder puff plants while strolling the grounds. Patrick Connolly, orlandosentinel.com, 12 Aug. 2020 One summer night in 1953, Clarence Wood, who had been a racecar driver himself, took his wife to watch the powder puff races at the Motor City Speedway in Detroit. BostonGlobe.com, 15 June 2020 See More

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First Known Use of powder-puff


1929, in the meaning defined above


1697, in the meaning defined above

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“Powder-puff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/powder-puff. Accessed 24 May. 2022.

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