from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Light down or fuzz, as on a young bird or on a dandelion or milkweed seed.
- n. Something having a very light, soft, or frothy consistency or appearance: a fluff of meringue; a fluff of cloud.
- n. Something of little substance or consequence, especially:
- n. Light or superficial entertainment: The movie was just another bit of fluff from Hollywood.
- n. Inflated or padded material: The report was mostly fluff, with little new information.
- n. The parts of a junked car that are not metal and cannot be recycled.
- n. Informal An error, especially in the delivery of lines, as by an actor or announcer.
- transitive v. To make fluffy: fluff a pillow; a squirrel fluffing out its tail.
- transitive v. Informal To ruin or mar by a mistake or blunder: They fluffed their chance to participate in the playoffs by losing their last three games.
- transitive v. Informal To forget or botch (one's lines).
- intransitive v. To become fluffy.
- intransitive v. Informal To make an error, especially to forget or botch one's lines.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. Anything light, soft or fuzzy, especially fur, hair, feathers.
- n. Anything inconsequential or superficial.
- n. Lapse, especially a mistake in an actor’s lines.
- n. A passive partner in a lesbian relationship.
- v. To make something fluffy.
- v. To become fluffy.
- v. To make a mistake in one’s lines
- v. To do incorrectly, for example mishit, miskick, miscue etc.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Nap or down; flue; soft, downy feathers.
- n. Anything light and downy, whose volume consists mostly of air, such as cotton or down.
- n. Something light and inconsequential; something not to be taken seriously; -- used commonly of literary or dramatic productions, and sometimes of people.
- n. A mistake, especially in the recitation of lines in a drama.
- v. To make or become fluffy; to move lightly like fluff.
- transitive v. To make a mistake in the performance of; -- used mostly of lines in a drama.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Light down or nap such as rises from cotton, beds, etc., when agitated; flue.
- n. Something downy or fluffy.
- To treat with fluff or powder.
- n. A puff.
- n. A slight explosion of gunpowder.
- To cause to puff.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. ruffle (one's hair) by combing the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect
- n. any light downy material
- v. erect or fluff up
- n. a blunder (especially an actor's forgetting the lines)
- n. something of little value or significance
- v. make a mess of, destroy or ruin
Origin unknown.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
(onomatopoeia). Compare Japanese フワフワ (fuwafuwa, "lightly, softly"). (Wiktionary)