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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. 2017.
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  • A—you don't happen to have a small bag to hold a powder-puff, and so on, you know?

  • And you look like a sweet little cherub of a picture of a powder-puff?

    Bliss, and Other Stories Katherine Mansfield
  • "I am sure that that would be charming," agreed the duchess, replacing her powder-puff.

    Jill the Reckless P. G. (Pelham Grenville) Wodehouse
  • Wait for me, pleads Rose-Marie, still busy with her powder-puff.

    Twos and Threes G. B. Stern
  • She was inclined to be stout, and her face was flushed with walking, notwithstanding an obviously recent use of the powder-puff.

    The Moving Finger E. Phillips Oppenheim
  • "Don't try," she counselled him, putting away her powder-puff and not looking at him.

    What Not Rose Macaulay
  • A powder-puff began the work, followed by an impressionist dusting on of rouge.

    Scarlet and Hyssop E. F. Benson
  • It seemed improbable that she had a given name, a lover, a powder-puff, or a digestion.

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
  • Lizzie laid down the powder-puff she was using and bent lower over the rambling speaker.

    The Cottage of Delight Will N. Harben
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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