verb (used with object)
verb (used without object)
Origin of fluff
Examples from the Web for fluffing
For one split second, she seemed to be fluffing up her hair, a vulnerable gesture.
Astrid was standing before the mirror, fluffing her hair; she turned at Ingeborg's last words, and set her hands on her hips.Ragna|Anna Miller Costantini
A thin skein of vapor trailed from its trail, fluffing into nothingness.First on the Moon|Jeff Sutton
Why should people waste time in fluffing and crimping their hair.The Girls of St. Wode's|L. T. Meade
The hens sitting near the lane fence, fluffing the dust over their backs, were holding a small and talkative service of their own.Adventures In Contentment|David Grayson
And he hoped Sam hadn't gotten too blistered by his mentors when he returned home after fluffing the inquiry he was sent out on.The Great Gray Plague|Raymond F. Jones
Word Origin for fluff
"to shake into a soft mass," 1875, from fluff (n.). Meaning "make a mistake" is from 1884, originally in theater slang. Related: Fluffed; fluffing.
"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.