- light, downy particles, as of cotton.
- a soft, light, downy mass: a fluff of summer clouds.
- something of no consequence: The book is pure fluff, but fun to read.
- an error or blunder, especially an actor's memory lapse in the delivery of lines.
- to make into fluff; shake or puff out (feathers, hair, etc.) into a fluffy mass (often followed by up): to fluff up the sofa pillows.
- to make a mistake in: The leading man fluffed his lines.
- to become fluffy; move, float, or settle down like fluff.
- to make a mistake, especially in the delivery of lines by a performer; blunder.
Origin of fluff
Examples from the Web for fluff
Hard-nosed criticism is squeezed out by soft stories, gossip and fluff.Music Criticism Has Degenerated Into Lifestyle Reporting
March 18, 2014
Some of the fur pieces even looked like little animals with big eyes, staring out from beyond the fluff.Valentino, Chanel, and Alexander McQueen at Paris Fashion Week
March 4, 2014
A good host should be smart—and vocally so—but also shrewd and irreverent enough to embrace the fluff.Jenny McCarthy Twerks Out a Stellar ‘The View’ Debut
September 9, 2013
The Robin Roberts–George Stephanopoulos era began in 2009, and centered on fluff.Morning TV Wars: 15 Revelations From Brian Stelter’s ‘Top of the Morning’
The Daily Beast
April 23, 2013
They plump us with falling-off-the-bone hoisin ribs and fluff us with apple pie and Ameri-Cone Dream ice cream.A Problem in Economic Science
February 12, 2012
Here they are, Puff and Fluff, two of the dearest mice in the world.
So Fluff read the famous piece of pottery, to the great delight of all.
Sit down and read it to the children and Peepsy, won't you, Fluff?
And then he rolled out of bed; and then Fluff and Puff rolled out of bed.
"I should think a silver bed would be rather hard," said Fluff.
- soft light particles, such as the down or nap of cotton or wool
- any light downy substance
- an object, matter, etc, of little importance; trifle
- informal a mistake, esp in speaking or reading lines or performing music
- informal a young woman (esp in the phrase a bit of fluff)
- to make or become soft and puffy by shaking or patting; puff up
- informal to make a mistake in performing (an action, dramatic speech, music, etc)
Word Origin and History for fluff
"light, feathery stuff," 1790, apparently a variant of floow "wooly substance, down, nap" (1580s), perhaps from Flemish vluwe, from French velu "shaggy, hairy," from Latin vellus "fleece," or Latin villus "tuft of hair" (see velvet). OED suggests fluff as "an imitative modification" of floow, "imitating the action of puffing away some light substance." Slang bit of fluff "young woman" is from 1903. The marshmallow confection Fluff dates to c.1920 in Massachusetts, U.S.
"to shake into a soft mass," 1875, from fluff (n.). Meaning "make a mistake" is from 1884, originally in theater slang. Related: Fluffed; fluffing.