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fluff

[ fluhf ]
/ flʌf /
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noun

verb (used with object)

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.

verb (used without object)

to become fluffy; move, float, or settle down like fluff.
to make a mistake, especially in the delivery of lines by a performer; blunder.

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Origin of fluff

1780–90; perhaps blend of flue2 and puff
fluffer, nounun·fluffed, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for fluff

fluff
/ (flʌf) /

noun

verb

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)
C18: perhaps from flue ²
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