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[pou-der-puhf] /ˈpaʊ dərˌpʌf/
adjective, Informal.
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

powder puff

a soft, feathery ball or pad, as of cotton or down, for applying powder to the skin.
First recorded in 1695-1705 Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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Examples from the Web for powder-puff
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  • And you look like a sweet little cherub of a picture of a powder-puff?

    Bliss, and Other Stories Katherine Mansfield
  • 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 Emerson Hough
  • Mrs. Beale, at the glass again, made play with a powder-puff.

    What Maisie Knew

    Henry James
  • But his daughter was beautiful and didn't need a powder-puff.

    Hints to Pilgrims Charles Stephen Brooks
  • "I think he will, then," contradicted Jenny as she dabbed her nose with the powder-puff.

    Carnival Compton Mackenzie
  • Sir Percy looked at himself in the glass and dabbed his face with the powder-puff.

    Poor Relations Compton Mackenzie
  • "Don't try," she counselled him, putting away her powder-puff and not looking at him.

    What Not Rose Macaulay
British Dictionary definitions for powder-puff

powder puff

a soft pad or ball of fluffy material used for applying cosmetic powder to the skin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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