from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun Light down or fuzz, as on a young bird or on a dandelion or milkweed seed.
  • noun Something having a very light, soft, or frothy consistency or appearance.
  • noun Something of little substance or consequence, especially.
  • noun Light or superficial entertainment.
  • noun Inflated or padded material.
  • noun The parts of a junked car that are not metal and cannot be recycled.
  • noun Informal An error, especially in the delivery of lines, as by an actor or announcer.
  • intransitive verb To make fluffy.
  • intransitive verb To ruin or mar by a mistake or blunder.
  • intransitive verb To forget or botch (one's lines).
  • intransitive verb Vulgar Slang To cause (a man) to be sufficiently aroused so that he is able to have sexual intercourse, especially in a pornographic film.
  • intransitive verb To become fluffy.
  • intransitive verb Informal To make an error, especially to forget or botch one's lines.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To treat with fluff or powder.
  • noun Light down or nap such as rises from cotton, beds, etc., when agitated; flue.
  • noun Something downy or fluffy.
  • noun A puff.
  • noun A slight explosion of gunpowder.
  • To cause to puff.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Nap or down; flue[2]; soft, downy feathers.
  • noun Anything light and downy, whose volume consists mostly of air, such as cotton or down.
  • noun Something light and inconsequential; something not to be taken seriously; -- used commonly of literary or dramatic productions, and sometimes of people.
  • noun A mistake, especially in the recitation of lines in a drama.
  • transitive verb To make a mistake in the performance of; -- used mostly of lines in a drama.
  • verb To make or become fluffy; to move lightly like fluff.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun Anything light, soft or fuzzy, especially fur, hair, feathers.
  • noun Anything inconsequential or superficial.
  • noun Lapse, especially a mistake in an actor’s lines.
  • noun A passive partner in a lesbian relationship.
  • verb transitive To make something fluffy.
  • verb intransitive To become fluffy.
  • verb transitive, intransitive, of an actor or announcer To make a mistake in one’s lines
  • verb transitive To do incorrectly, for example mishit, miskick, miscue etc.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb ruffle (one's hair) by combing the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect
  • noun any light downy material
  • verb erect or fluff up
  • noun a blunder (especially an actor's forgetting the lines)
  • noun something of little value or significance
  • verb make a mess of, destroy or ruin


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Origin unknown.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

(onomatopoeia). Compare Japanese フワフワ (fuwafuwa, "lightly, softly").


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