powder puff



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



adjective Informal.

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

Origin of powder-puff

First recorded in 1935–40
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Historical Examples of powderpuff

  • She looked her age, and had never used a powderpuff in her life.

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British Dictionary definitions for powderpuff

powder puff


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