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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
1885-90 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2016.
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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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Word Origin and History for creampuff

also cream puff, by 1859 as a kind of light confection, from cream (n.) + puff (n.). In figurative sense of "weakling, sissy," it is recorded from 1935.

I remember my first campaign. My opponent called me a cream puff. That's what he said. Well, I rushed out and got the baker's union to endorse me. [Sen. Claiborne Pell, D-R.I., 1987]
As a salesman's word, "something that is a tremendous bargain," it is from 1940s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for creampuff

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.
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