I. noun Etymology: perhaps blend of flue (fluff) and puff Date: 1790 1. down VII,1 2. something fluffy <
dandelion fluff
3. something inconsequential 4. blunder; especially an actor's lapse of memory II. verb Date: 1835 transitive verb 1. to make fluffy <
fluff the pillows
birds fluffing up their feathers
2. a. to spoil by a mistake ; botch b. to deliver badly or forget (one's lines) in a play intransitive verb 1. to become fluffy 2. to make a mistake; especially to forget or bungle one's lines in a play

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.


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