Definition of fluff in English:


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Pronunciation: /flʌf


1 [mass noun] Soft fibres from fabrics such as wool or cotton which accumulate in small light clumps: he brushed his sleeve to remove the fluff
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  • Yes, of course it's cotton wool fluff, but it's excellent cotton wool fluff nonetheless.
  • But he's a clever Baz, and before too long he understood why we were putting the cover around the cotton fluff.
  • The wind occasionally blew cotton fluff into the set, which made you feel really in tune to the emotional side of the play.
fuzz, lint, dust;
North American dustballs, dust bunnies;
Scottish ooze
1.1Any soft downy substance, especially the fur or feathers of a young mammal or bird.
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  • There is cuddly fur and downy fluff to stroke, rubber-like blubber and armour-like scales to feel - mammals certainly come in all manner of wonderful varieties.
  • They all turned to look at Ursula Harris, whose face was crimson, her chestnut hair in disarray like a baby bird's fluff, whose laugh was audible even here, a high garrulous tinkle.
  • All that I could see was that sandy blonde downy fluff, the baby fat, and those crystal blue eyes that would probably change.
down, soft/fine hair, soft fur, soft feathers, downiness, fuzz, floss, nap, pile
2Entertainment or writing perceived as trivial or superficial: the film is a piece of typical Hollywood fluff
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  • The thirty-minute ‘making of’ featurette is of far higher quality than typical superficial PR fluff.
  • I'd wager that if most of America had known the first finalist wouldn't even be selected until the second half, very few would have tuned in for the fluff.
  • We viewers are absorbed in all the fluff and drama of Hollywood just as much as Americans.
3 informal A mistake made in speaking or playing music, or by an actor in delivering their lines.
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  • Not assisting the actors is the unwieldy dialogue, which caused an unusual amount of line fluffs on opening night.
  • Slow scene changes, line fluffs and anachronistic props appear occasionally.
  • After a couple of fluffs, Jeffers did what he's paid for.


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1Make (something) appear fuller and softer by shaking or brushing it: I fluffed up the pillows
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  • The whole head is fluffed up and gently back-combed, so that it looks scruffy and unkempt.
  • She stomped into the middle of the kitchen, gave herself the most enormous shake to fluff her fur out to maximum effect, and began the big clean-up.
  • ‘Damn it's hot,’ said the brunette, shaking her hair in the air while fluffing it out.
2 informal Fail to perform or accomplish (something) successfully or well: the extra fluffed his only line
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  • His performance yesterday - including fluffing a great chance early in the second half - displayed little to suggest that this will change.
  • You could tell it was an early performance - Jim Broadbent fluffed a few lines and there was a little clunkiness in some of the performances - but overall it was a lot of fun.
  • ‘He was clean through from the halfway line but he fluffed it,’ Beardsley recalled.


late 18th century: probably a dialect alteration of 16th-century flue 'down, nap, fluff', apparently from Flemish vluwe.

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