WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2020 fluff /flʌf/USA pronunciation
n. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2020
- [uncountable] light downy particles, such as of cotton.
- something light or frivolous and not substantial:[uncountable]The book is pure fluff, but fun to read.
- [countable] an error or blunder, esp. an actor's memory lapse in the delivery of lines.
- to make fluffy:[~ + up + object]He fluffed up his thinning hair.
- to make a mistake in:[~ + object]fluffed his speech in the first act.
(fluf ),USA pronunciation n.
- light, downy particles, as of cotton.
- a soft, light, downy mass:a fluff of summer clouds.
- something of no consequence:The book is pure fluff, but fun to read.
- an error or blunder, esp. an actor's memory lapse in the delivery of lines.
- 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.
- to make a mistake in:The leading man fluffed his lines.
- to become fluffy;
move, float, or settle down like fluff.
- to make a mistake, esp. in the delivery of lines by a performer;
- perh. blend of, blended flue2 and puff 1780–90
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
fluff /flʌf/ n
- soft light particles, such as the down or nap of cotton or wool
- any light downy substance
- informal a mistake, esp in speaking or reading lines or performing music
- informal a young woman (esp in the phrase a bit of fluff)
Etymology: 18th Century: perhaps from flue²
- 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)
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