- 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
- 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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She looked her age, and had never used a powderpuff in her life.The Garden Of Allah
- a soft pad or ball of fluffy material used for applying cosmetic powder to the skin
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