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cream puff

a hollow pastry made with cream puff paste and filled with custard sauce or whipped cream.
  1. a weak or timid person; sissy.
  2. a vehicle or machine that has been kept in unusually good condition or is very easy to operate.
Origin of cream puff
First recorded in 1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for cream puff
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  • We each had a chocolate bar and a cream puff and some peanuts, got em on the way to school, that is, I did.

    Betty Lee, Senior

    Harriet Pyne Grove
  • It warn't no more exertion for her than 't would be to you to stick your finger through a cream puff.

  • Make some small dumplings of cream puff paste and boil in salt water for two minutes.

  • Make a cupful of cream puff paste, add two spoonfuls of grated cheese, put in pastry bag with round tube, and dress on pan.

  • Benny looks and acts about as much like Mr. Robert as a cream puff looks like a ham sandwich.

    Torchy Sewell Ford
  • You're apt to make him stop his Arabing and hang around the spot where the cream puff grows.


    Leona Dalrymple
  • The green parrot, fuming in a rage compared to which nitric acid was a cream puff, was restored to its Spring-drinking owner.

    Lady Luck Hugh Wiley
  • A real love-letter ought to be like a cream puff with a drop of dynamite in it.

    The Melting of Molly

    Maria Thompson Daviess
British Dictionary definitions for cream puff

cream puff

a shell of light pastry with a custard or cream filling
(informal) an effeminate man
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for cream puff

cream puff

noun phrase

  1. A weakling; sissy, wimp: Opponents might get the idea Lemon is a cream puff (1930s+)
  2. Something for sale, esp a used car in splendid condition and a tremendous bargain: before you believe, much less see, any of the ''creampuffs'' in the classifieds (1940s+ Salespersons)
The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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