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 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, "Patrick Starrr's New Collection Is Bringing Makeup Maximalism Back to 2020," 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, "These Milwaukee-area high schools are changing the way they do homecoming this year. Here's how.," 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, "These Milwaukee-area high schools are changing the way they do homecoming this year. Here's how.," 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, "8 homeschooling field trip ideas to keep kids engaged," 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, "Vicki Wood, broke car-racing gender barriers, at 101," 15 June 2020 Crosby High School held its annual powder puff football games. Elliott Lapin, Houston Chronicle, "Crosby girls play football powder puff-style," 13 Sep. 2019 Think of it as an upgrade to the usual powder puffs that come free with your favorite powders, but with a millennial friendly twist. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Beautyblender Launched the Powder Pocket Puff," 16 Aug. 2018 There’s even a mirror and a compartment for the powder puff built into the compact which makes application a breeze. Tiffany Dodson, SELF, "I’m Obsessed with Using This Setting Powder to Keep My Shiny Forehead at Bay," 19 May 2019

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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 25 Jan. 2021.

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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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