- limited to participation by women or girls: She plays on the powder-puff touch football team.
- inconsequential; trifling; lightweight: a powder-puff company with little financing and a weak sales effort.
Origin of powder-puff
First recorded in 1935–40
- a soft, feathery ball or pad, as of cotton or down, for applying powder to the skin.
Origin of powder puff
First recorded in 1695–1705
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Examples from the Web for powder-puff
Instead of NFL football, I was treated to an evening of powder-puff.Romney Sails Through New Hampshire Debate
January 8, 2012
And you look like a sweet little cherub of a picture of a powder-puff?Bliss, and Other Stories
She washed her eyes and passed the powder-puff over her face.Mrs. Craddock
W. Somerset Maugham
Wait for me, pleads Rose-Marie, still busy with her powder-puff.Twos and Threes
G. B. Stern
What time had folk like these for powder-puff or ruffle, for fan or jeweled snuff-box?The Way to the West
Mrs. Beale, at the glass again, made play with a powder-puff.What Maisie Knew
- a soft pad or ball of fluffy material used for applying cosmetic powder to the skin
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