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fluff

 (flŭf)
n.
1. Light down or fuzz, as on a young bird or on a dandelion or milkweed seed.
2. Something having a very light, soft, or frothy consistency or appearance: a fluff of meringue; a fluff of cloud.
3. Something of little substance or consequence, especially:
a. Light or superficial entertainment: The movie was just another bit of fluff from Hollywood.
b. Inflated or padded material: The report was mostly fluff, with little new information.
4. The parts of a junked car that are not metal and cannot be recycled.
5. Informal An error, especially in the delivery of lines, as by an actor or announcer.
v. fluffed, fluff·ing, fluffs
v.tr.
1. To make fluffy: fluff a pillow; a squirrel fluffing out its tail.
2. Informal
a. To ruin or mar by a mistake or blunder: They fluffed their chance to participate in the playoffs by losing their last three games.
b. To forget or botch (one's lines).
3. Vulgar Slang To cause (a man) to be sufficiently aroused so that he is able to have sexual intercourse, especially in a pornographic film.
v.intr.
1. To become fluffy.
2. Informal To make an error, especially to forget or botch one's lines.

[Origin unknown.]

fluff′er n.

fluff

(flʌf)
n
1. (Textiles) soft light particles, such as the down or nap of cotton or wool
2. any light downy substance
3. an object, matter, etc, of little importance; trifle
4. informal a mistake, esp in speaking or reading lines or performing music
5. informal a young woman (esp in the phrase a bit of fluff)
vb
6. to make or become soft and puffy by shaking or patting; puff up
7. informal to make a mistake in performing (an action, dramatic speech, music, etc)
[C18: perhaps from flue2]

fluff

(flʌf)

n.
1. light downy particles, as of cotton.
2. a soft light downy mass.
3. something light or frivolous: The book is pure fluff, but fun to read.
4. an error or blunder, esp. an actor's memory lapse in the delivery of lines.
v.t.
5. to make fluffy; shake or puff out into a fluffy mass: to fluff up the pillows.
6. to make a mistake in: The leading man fluffed his lines.
v.i.
7. to become fluffy; move, float, or settle down like fluff.
8. to make a mistake, esp. in performing.
[1780–90; perhaps b. flue and puff]
fluff′er, n.

fluff


Past participle: fluffed
Gerund: fluffing

Imperative
fluff
fluff
Present
I fluff
you fluff
he/she/it fluffs
we fluff
you fluff
they fluff
Preterite
I fluffed
you fluffed
he/she/it fluffed
we fluffed
you fluffed
they fluffed
Present Continuous
I am fluffing
you are fluffing
he/she/it is fluffing
we are fluffing
you are fluffing
they are fluffing
Present Perfect
I have fluffed
you have fluffed
he/she/it has fluffed
we have fluffed
you have fluffed
they have fluffed
Past Continuous
I was fluffing
you were fluffing
he/she/it was fluffing
we were fluffing
you were fluffing
they were fluffing
Past Perfect
I had fluffed
you had fluffed
he/she/it had fluffed
we had fluffed
you had fluffed
they had fluffed
Future
I will fluff
you will fluff
he/she/it will fluff
we will fluff
you will fluff
they will fluff
Future Perfect
I will have fluffed
you will have fluffed
he/she/it will have fluffed
we will have fluffed
you will have fluffed
they will have fluffed
Future Continuous
I will be fluffing
you will be fluffing
he/she/it will be fluffing
we will be fluffing
you will be fluffing
they will be fluffing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been fluffing
you have been fluffing
he/she/it has been fluffing
we have been fluffing
you have been fluffing
they have been fluffing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been fluffing
you will have been fluffing
he/she/it will have been fluffing
we will have been fluffing
you will have been fluffing
they will have been fluffing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been fluffing
you had been fluffing
he/she/it had been fluffing
we had been fluffing
you had been fluffing
they had been fluffing
Conditional
I would fluff
you would fluff
he/she/it would fluff
we would fluff
you would fluff
they would fluff
Past Conditional
I would have fluffed
you would have fluffed
he/she/it would have fluffed
we would have fluffed
you would have fluffed
they would have fluffed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.fluff - any light downy materialfluff - any light downy material    
material, stuff - the tangible substance that goes into the makeup of a physical object; "coal is a hard black material"; "wheat is the stuff they use to make bread"
2.fluff - something of little value or significance
small beer, trivia, triviality, trifle - something of small importance
3.fluff - a blunder (especially an actor's forgetting the lines)
blooper, blunder, boner, boo-boo, botch, bungle, flub, foul-up, fuckup, pratfall, bloomer - an embarrassing mistake
Verb1.fluff - make a mess of, destroy or ruinfluff - make a mess of, destroy or ruin; "I botched the dinner and we had to eat out"; "the pianist screwed up the difficult passage in the second movement"
go wrong, miscarry, fail - be unsuccessful; "Where do today's public schools fail?"; "The attempt to rescue the hostages failed miserably"
2.fluff - erect or fluff up; "the bird ruffled its feathers"
loosen - make less dense; "loosen the soil"
fluff up, plump up, shake up - make fuller by shaking; "fluff up the pillows"
3.fluff - ruffle (one's hair) by combing the ends towards the scalp, for a full effect
comb out, comb, disentangle - smoothen and neaten with or as with a comb; "comb your hair before dinner"; "comb the wool"

fluff

noun
1. fuzz, down, pile, dust, fibre, threads, nap, lint, oose (Scot.), dustball bits of fluff on the sleeve of her jumper
verb
1. (Informal) mess up, spoil, bungle, screw up (informal) (informal), cock up (Brit. slang), fuck up (offensive taboo slang), foul up (informal), make a nonsense of, be unsuccessful in, make a mess off, muddle She fluffed her interview at Oxford.

fluff

noun
Informal. A minor mistake:
Translations
وَبَر الصوف، زَغَبيُخْطِئ في عَمَل الشَّيءيَنْفِشُ الرّيش
chmýřínačechratnačepýřit senatřástzkazit
fnugkikserystespolere
רעש וצלצולים
klúîraÿfa; hrista
prašautipūkaipūkeliaipurentipurus
pieļaut kļūmipūkasaboztsajaukt tekstuuzbužināt
našuchoriťpáperšuchoriť
sürçmektüy/hav döküntüsütüylerini kabartmakyanlış okumak

fluff

[flʌf]
A. N (from blankets etc) → pelusa f, lanilla f; [of chicks] → plumón m; [of kittens] → pelo m, pelusa f
B. VT
1. (also fluff out) [+ feathers] → ahuecar
to fluff up the pillowsmullir las almohadas
2. (Theat) [+ lines] → hacerse un lío con

fluff

[ˈflʌf]
n
(= feathers) → duvet m
(= wool) → peluche f
vt
[+ hair, feathers] → ébouriffer
(= mess up) → rater
fluff up
vt sep [+ rice, couscous] → faire gonfler

fluff

n no pl (on birds, young animals) → Flaum m; (from material) → Fusseln pl; (= dust)Staubflocken pl; a bit of fluffeine Fussel/eine Staubflocke; (hum inf)eine Mieze (inf)
vt
(also fluff out) feathersaufplustern; pillowaufschütteln
opportunity, lines in play, entrancevermasseln (inf)

fluff

[flʌf]
1. n (from blankets) → pelucchi mpl; (of chicks, kittens) → lanugine f
2. vt
a. (also fluff out) → rendere soffice or vaporoso/a; (feathers) → arruffare
to fluff up the pillows → sprimacciare i cuscini
b. (fam) (make mistake in) → impaperarsi nel recitare

fluff

(flaf) noun
small pieces of soft, wool-like material from blankets etc. My coat is covered with fluff.
verb
1. (often with out or up) to make full and soft like fluff. The bird fluffed out its feathers; Fluff up the pillows and make the invalid more comfortable.
2. to make a mistake in doing (something). The actress fluffed her lines; The golfer fluffed his stroke.
ˈfluffy adjective
1. soft and woolly. a fluffy kitten.
2. soft, light and full of air. She cooked a fluffy omelette.
References in classic literature ?
He could fluff up his tail till it looked like a bottle brush, and his war cry as he scuttled through the long grass was: "Rikk-tikk-tikki-tikki-tchk
And the fluff flew into the Princess's nose, and into her mouth, and starting up she sneezed and coughed, and the ring fell out of her mouth on to the coverlet.
A cascade of Oddities, chips of broken comb, scale, fluff, and grubs slid out, crackled, sizzled, popped a little, and then the flames roared up and consumed all that fuel.
And all this fluff of muslin about you is the froth.
To fluff out her curls, put on fashionable dresses, and sing romantic songs to fascinate her husband would have seemed as strange as to adorn herself to attract herself.
The good old Scotchman shook his head, scratched his dwindling fringe of ruddy fluff, and finally put his reluctance into words.
Nor least of all did Scraps appear, and Cocky, the valiant-hearted little fluff of life gallantly bearing himself through his brief adventure in the sun.
King Bud of Noland and his dainty fair-haired sister, the Princess Fluff, were friends of Zixi, as their kingdoms were adjoining, so they had traveled together from their far-off domains to do honor to Ozma of Oz on the occasion of her birthday.
A deafening roar, a fluff of bluish light, and the great square tower rocked and trembled from its very foundations, swaying this way and that like a reed in the wind.
To the trained eye there is as much difference between the black ash of a Trichinopoly and the white fluff of bird's-eye as there is between a cabbage and a potato.
We had hardly subsided again to our tea when I saw two more balls of fluff on the ground in the long grass and scarcely distinguishable at a little distance from small mole-hills.
And if in other days and hours, Mid other fluffs and other flowers, The choice were given me how to dine