[ fluhf ]
/ flʌf /


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.

Nearby words

  1. fluency,
  2. fluent,
  3. fluently,
  4. fluerics,
  5. fluey,
  6. fluffer,
  7. fluffy,
  8. flugelhorn,
  9. flugelman,
  10. fluid

Origin of fluff

1780–90; perhaps blend of flue2 and puff

Related formsfluff·er, nounun·fluffed, adjective

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British Dictionary definitions for fluffing


/ (flʌf) /



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 for fluff

C18: perhaps from flue ²

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