adjective Informal.
  1. limited to participation by women or girls: She plays on the powder-puff touch football team.
  2. inconsequential; trifling; lightweight: a powder-puff company with little financing and a weak sales effort.

Origin of powder-puff

First recorded in 1935–40

powder puff

  1. a soft, feathery ball or pad, as of cotton or down, for applying powder to the skin.

Origin of powder puff

First recorded in 1695–1705
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Examples from the Web for powder-puff

Contemporary Examples of powder-puff

Historical Examples of powder-puff

  • And you look like a sweet little cherub of a picture of a powder-puff?

    Bliss, and Other Stories

    Katherine Mansfield

  • She washed her eyes and passed the powder-puff over her face.

    Mrs. Craddock

    W. Somerset Maugham

  • Wait for me, pleads Rose-Marie, still busy with her powder-puff.

    Twos and Threes

    G. B. Stern

  • What time had folk like these for powder-puff or ruffle, for fan or jeweled snuff-box?

    The Way to the West

    Emerson Hough

  • Mrs. Beale, at the glass again, made play with a powder-puff.

    What Maisie Knew

    Henry James

British Dictionary definitions for powder-puff

powder puff

  1. a soft pad or ball of fluffy material used for applying cosmetic powder to the skin
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