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From earlier floow (woolly substance, down, nap, lint), also spelt flough, flue, and flew, from West Flemish vluwe, of uncertain ultimate origin:

For words of similar sound and meaning in other languages, compare Japanese フワフワ (fuwafuwa, lightly, softly), Hungarian puha (“soft, fluffy”), Polish puchaty (“soft, fluffy”).


  • IPA(key): /flʌf/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌf


fluff (plural fluffs)

  1. Anything light, soft or fuzzy, especially fur, hair, feathers.
    • 1892, A[rthur] Conan Doyle, “[The Great Shadow] The Right of the Beacons”, in The Great Shadow and Beyond the City, Bristol: J. W. Arrowsmith, []; London: Simpkin, Marshall, Hamilton, Kent & Co., OCLC 1000339207, page 5:
      [W]hen I walk in my fields I can see, down Berwick way, the little fluffs of white smoke which tell me of this strange new hundred-legged beast, with coals for food and a thousand men in its belly, for ever crawling over the border.
  2. Anything inconsequential or superficial.
    That article was basically a bunch of fluff. It didn't say anything substantive.
  3. (informal) A lapse or mistake, especially a mistake in an actor's lines.
    Synonym: flub
  4. (New England) Marshmallow creme.
    That New England-style salami and fluff sandwich sure hit the spot!
  5. (LGBT) A passive partner in a lesbian relationship.
  6. (Australia, euphemistic) A fart.

(Can we add an example for this sense?)


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fluff (third-person singular simple present fluffs, present participle fluffing, simple past and past participle fluffed)

  1. (transitive) To make something fluffy.
    • 2013, Tony Beck, The Quest of Millie Blackbeard, page 69:
      Graham fluffled his fur and gave Baggly a weak smile. “We did need to be change'n ourselves aunty Baggly. We did be make'n ourselves to be smaller and more cuteful, and of course, we did be need'n to change our throats so that we could be learn'n to be speak'n with our mouths. []
    The cat fluffed its tail.
  2. (intransitive) To become fluffy, puff up.
  3. (intransitive) To move lightly like fluff.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Holmes to this entry?)
  4. (informal, transitive, intransitive, of an actor or announcer) To make a mistake in one's lines.
    Synonym: flub
  5. (informal, transitive) To do incorrectly, for example mishit, miskick, miscue etc.
    Synonym: flub
    • 2012 June 19, Phil McNulty, “England 1-0 Ukraine”, in BBC Sport[1]:
      Either side of Rooney's fluffed chance, it was a tale of Ukrainian domination as they attacked England down both flanks and showed the greater fluidity of the teams.
  6. (intransitive, Australia, euphemistic) To fart.
  7. (transitive, slang) To arouse (a male pornographic actor) before filming.
    • 2008, Blue Blake, Out of the Blue: Confessions of an Unlikely Porn Star (page 187)
      To get Lance Bronson hard, Chi Chi, in desperation, called Sharon Kane to come and fluff him on the set. People were always asking me how they could get a job as a fluffer.

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fluff c

  1. fluffy (and absorbent) stuff in a baby's diaper


Declension of fluff 
Indefinite Definite
Nominative fluff fluffen
Genitive fluffs fluffens


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