fluff

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v fluff ruffle (one's hair) by combing the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect
    • v fluff erect or fluff up "the bird ruffled its feathers"
    • v fluff make a mess of, destroy or ruin "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out","the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"
    • n fluff a blunder (especially an actor's forgetting the lines)
    • n fluff something of little value or significance
    • n fluff any light downy material
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Australian Graham Barker extracted his own belly button fluff every day for 18 years acquiring a record-breaking amount of fluff. He hopes to accumulate enough fluff to stuff a pillow
    • Fluff A mistake, especially in the recitation of lines in a drama.
    • Fluff Anything light and downy, whose volume consists mostly of air, such as cotton or down.
    • Fluff Nap or down; flue[2]; soft, downy feathers.
    • Fluff Something light and inconsequential; something not to be taken seriously; -- used commonly of literary or dramatic productions, and sometimes of people.
    • v. t. & i Fluff To make or become fluffy; to move lightly like fluff.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
  • Interesting fact: Cotton candy's original name was "fairy fluff."
    • n fluff Light down or nap such as rises from cotton, beds, etc., when agitated; flue.
    • n fluff Something downy or fluffy.
    • fluff To treat with fluff or powder.
    • n fluff A puff.
    • n fluff A slight explosion of gunpowder.
    • fluff To cause to puff.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Fluff fluf a soft down from cotton, &c.: anything downy
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. 2d Flue. √84
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Perh. conn. with flue, light down.

Usage

In literature:

Jane Macalister went on vigorously with her work, the fluff from the feathers rose in the air, the smell of the lime was pungent.
"Red Rose and Tiger Lily" by L. T. Meade
Next day he asked Fluff to walk with him, but Fluff was walking with some one else.
"The Hill" by Horace Annesley Vachell
The first is little more than black fluff; I can actually blow it away, poor rubbish!
"Violin Making" by Walter H. Mayson
Fluff's little black face had presented itself at that end of the muff.
"Harper's Young People, December 23, 1879" by Various
He had long yellow hair and untrimmed chicken fluff grew casually about his face.
"The Belovéd Vagabond" by William J. Locke
Fluff had fretted so about the loss of the doll that her mother had bought her another.
"Wee Wifie" by Rosa Nouchette Carey
Fluff gave a sigh of relief.
"Five Mice in a Mouse-trap" by Laura E. Richards
She was cloaked by a skein of ravelled fluff beneath us and we caught the chant before she rose into the sunlight.
"With The Night Mail" by Rudyard Kipling
Fluff, you darling, do go on and lay lots more.
"The Carroll Girls" by Mabel Quiller-Couch
It looks like a ball of fluff.
"Our Young Folks at Home and Abroad" by Various
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In poetry:

Round my thought flutters
a fluff of words, its shape;
it lies hard inside.
Feathers reveal and hide.
"The Thrush" by Raymond Queneau
Soft feathers fluff
in a lean wind, rough
as a rasp in the leaves’ green,
brooming the earth clean.
"Small Bird Singing In A Bush" by Tatamkhulu Afrika
Wear your lacebelows and fluffs;
Wear the awfullest creations--
But--omit the stylish puffs
And the vogueish transformations.
"An Ultimatum To Myrtilla" by Franklin Pierce Adams
There was an Old Person of Mold,
Who shrank from sensations of cold,
So he purchased some muffs,
Some furs and some fluffs,
And wrapped himself from the cold.
"Limerick: There was an Old Person of Mold" by Edward Lear
It melts in the mouth, like the snow in the sunshine
As light as a maiden's first kiss;
As soft as the fluff on the breast of a dove
Not elephant's leather like this!
"Yorkshire Pudden" by Weston and Lee
"I wish't yeh meant it," I can 'ear 'er yet,
My bit o' fluff! The moon was shinin' bright,
Turnin' the waves all yeller where it set—
A bonzer night!
The sparklin' sea all sorter gold an' green;
An' on the pier the band—O, 'Ell!… Doreen!
"Doreen" by C J Dennis

In news:

Deborah Harkness' "Shadow of Night," a sequel to her best-selling "A Discovery of Witches," pretty much defines excellence in the literary subgenre of fluff .
Fluff the Pillow Army.
Fluff Cowan Doesn't Just Talk the Talk.
Bob McDonnell attends ribbon cutting for fluff pulp mill.
And when the late afternoon starts to roll around on Friday, we here at The Feed always try to find something to signify that the weekend has arrived in the form of some late Friday fluff for your amusement.
International Paper last week restarted its paper mill near Franklin as a fluff -pulp operation with 200 employees.
Fluff -N-Puff Pillow Cleaning Service at Glencoe VFW 16 Apr 12.
'Arthur Christmas' review: Animated fluff offers peek behind scenes of Santa's workshop.
Mark Parris — A little more than fluff .
Real-World Business Option, or Just Fluff .
Scott Brown Doesn't Want to Work on ' Fluff ' Legislation Anymore.
WMS on a Cloud – Real-World Business Option, or Just Fluff .
Filmmaker fluff puts pressure on 3D.
President's Offshore Drilling Proposal is All Fluff , No Substance.
USC study exposes fluff TV news in LA market.
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In science:

Within this local cavity reside essentially tenuous diffuse clouds such as the clouds that make part of the so-called Local Fluff within 20 pc from the Sun.
Spatial distribution of interstellar dust in the Sun vicinity, comparison with neutral sodium-bearing gas
The Local Bubble, Local Fluff, and Heliosphere, in The Local Bubble and Beyond, edited by D.
X-rays from solar system objects
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