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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[2]; 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

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
(onomatopoeia). Compare Japanese フワフワ (fuwafuwa, "lightly, softly"). (Wiktionary)

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