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WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020
fluff /flʌf/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. [uncountable] light downy particles, such as of cotton.
  2. something light or frivolous and not substantial:[uncountable]The book is pure fluff, but fun to read.
  3. [countable] an error or blunder, esp. an actor's memory lapse in the delivery of lines.

v. 
  1. to make fluffy:[+ up + object]He fluffed up his thinning hair.
  2. to make a mistake in:[+ object]fluffed his speech in the first act.

WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
fluff  (fluf ),USA pronunciation n. 
  1. light, downy particles, as of cotton.
  2. a soft, light, downy mass:a fluff of summer clouds.
  3. something of no consequence:The book is pure fluff, but fun to read.
  4. an error or blunder, esp. an actor's memory lapse in the delivery of lines.

v.t. 
  1. to make into fluff;
    shake or puff out (feathers, hair, etc.) into a fluffy mass (often fol. by up):to fluff up the sofa pillows.
  2. to make a mistake in:The leading man fluffed his lines.

v.i. 
  1. to become fluffy;
    move, float, or settle down like fluff.
  2. to make a mistake, esp. in the delivery of lines by a performer;
    blunder.
fluffer, n. 
  • perh. blend of, blended flue2 and puff 1780–90

Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
fluff /flʌf/ n
  1. soft light particles, such as the down or nap of cotton or wool
  2. any light downy substance
  3. informal a mistake, esp in speaking or reading lines or performing music
  4. informal a young woman (esp in the phrase a bit of fluff)
vb
  1. to make or become soft and puffy by shaking or patting; puff up
  2. informal to make a mistake in performing (an action, dramatic speech, music, etc)
Etymology: 18th Century: perhaps from flue²
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