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Definition of fluff verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    fluff

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//flʌf//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flʌf//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they fluff
    BrE BrE//flʌf//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flʌf//
     
    he / she / it fluffs
    BrE BrE//flʌfs//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flʌfs//
     
    past simple fluffed
    BrE BrE//flʌft//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flʌft//
     
    past participle fluffed
    BrE BrE//flʌft//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//flʌft//
     
    -ing form fluffing
    BrE BrE//ˈflʌfɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈflʌfɪŋ//
     
     
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  1. 1fluff something (informal) to do something badly or to fail at something synonym bungle He completely fluffed an easy shot (= in sport). Most actors fluff their lines occasionally.
  2. 2fluff something (out/up) to shake or brush something so that it looks larger and/or softer The female sat on the eggs, fluffing out her feathers. Let me fluff up your pillows for you.
  3. Word Origin late 18th cent.: probably a dialect alteration of 16th-cent. flue ‘down, nap, fluff’, apparently from Flemish vluwe.
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