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
He had worked up his patriotism to a pitch of genuine bravery and daring that I had never seen exhibited, when fliff, fluff, fluff, _fluff_, FLUFF, FLUFF -- a whir,
Witness Judge Richard Cuesta David Paymer, who has no tolerance for being interrupted and even less for naughty language—those who appear before him must substitute the word "fluff" for profanity.
Last year's party was very amusing, especially when one guest decided to shout the word "fluff" rather loudly as the girls tucked into their party tea.
I explained that much of what I find either borders on therapy or is what I call "fluff."
What eliminates what you call fluff in the income statement is taking an adequate reserve against it immediately.
Offering bon-mots like “She gave up” and “Her eyes say it all,” she is the ultimate in fluff, meaningless commentary.
I don't see many people running around questioning the worth of novels because some crappy romance or mystery fluff is selling like hotcakes, nor do I see many people who are embarrassed to watch movies because some piece of utter dreck tops the box office.
Wouldn't care except I have to wade through that garbage day after day and when there's five or six guys doing it at once, the forum becomes so mired in fluff that it's useless.
Another classic recipe that uses fluff is whoopie pies
And its reputation for being a solid, worthwhile book, rather than a forgettable piece of fluff, is also getting more than a little of its assessment from those same everyday readers.