verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
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|Ted Gioia|March 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Liza Foreman|March 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
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|Kevin Fallon|September 9, 2013|DAILY BEAST
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|DAILY BEAST
They plump us with falling-off-the-bone hoisin ribs and fluff us with apple pie and Ameri-Cone Dream ice cream.
He saw the lads who have chosen out of their class; barmaids, "bits of fluff."The Disturbing Charm|Berta Ruck
Dowl is the fluff, the tiny featherets no fingers can remove.'A Glossary of Words used in the County of Wiltshire|George Edward Dartnell
On his day Fluff is tricky, but this, apparently, is not his day.The Hill|Horace Annesley Vachell
"Well, of course I knew you'd miss her," said Fluff in a tranquil voice.Frances Kane's Fortune|L. T. Meade
Her mind yielded to an entirely new sensation, as a fluff of thistledown is lightly blown about.Patty's Perversities|Arlo Bates
Word Origin 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.