- 1Soft fibers from fabrics such as wool or cotton that accumulate in small light clumps: he brushed his sleeve to remove the fluffMore example sentences
- 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.
- 1.1Any soft downy substance, especially the fur or feathers of a young mammal or bird.More example sentences
- 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.
- 2Entertainment or writing perceived as trivial or superficial: the movie is a piece of typical Hollywood fluffMore example sentences
- 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 lines.More example sentences
- 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, typically by shaking or brushing it: I fluffed up the pillowsMore example sentences
- 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 (used especially in a sporting or acting context): the extra fluffed his only lineMore example sentences
- 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.