Definition of powder puff in English:

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powder puff

Pronunciation: /ˈpoudər ˌpəf/
(also powderpuff)


A soft pad for applying powder to the skin, especially the face.
Example sentences
  • She tries in vain to reverse what is happening through the use of face powder and a powder puff, but with the knowledge that nothing can be done.
  • Not that the ad dwells on whatever it was he did, because too much chatter would distract from the footage of a younger, hipper Senate candidate massaging another man's face and applying powder with a pink powder puff.
  • Before doing anything else, she dabs her T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) with loose powder, using a large powder puff to pick up excess moisture.


1(Of sports) played by women or girls only: a fifth grade powder-puff football game
More example sentences
  • The students involved in the powder puff football incident in Illinois clearly violated the school's hazing policy, even though the activities occurred off-campus.
  • The hazing took place off campus and grew out of powder puff football matches that were previously held at the school but discontinued in the late 1970s because they became too rough.
2 informal (Of a person or thing) ineffectual: a powder-puff hitter
More example sentences
  • Yet again Saints lacked a forward who can cause damage in the penalty box, and their powder-puff probings were often the springboard for surging Celtic counter-attacks.
  • Ever since they were bundled out of the World Cup with a powder-puff effort against the Wallabies, New Zealanders have been obsessed with restoring some mongrel and cohesion to their forward pack.
  • But he must do better in 2004, because he will not have the luxury of a powder-puff opposition allowing him to remain in low gear.

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Syllabification: pow·der puff

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