fluff vs frippery what difference

what is difference between fluff and frippery

English

Etymology

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

  • Compare Old English flōh (that which is flown off, fragment, piece) – see flaw
  • Possibly representing a blend of flue +‎ puff; compare Middle Dutch vloe, or perhaps onomatopoeic; compare dialectal English floose, flooze, fleeze (particles of wool or cotton; fluff; loose threads or fibres), Danish fnug (down, fluff), Swedish fnugg (speck, flake).
  • Alternatively, West Flemish vluwe may derive from French velu (hairy, furry), ultimately from Latin villus (shaggy hair, tuft of hair).

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”).

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /flʌf/
  • Rhymes: -ʌf

Noun

fluff (plural fluffs)

  1. Anything light, soft or fuzzy, especially fur, hair, feathers.
  2. Anything inconsequential or superficial.
  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?)

Synonyms

  • (anything light, soft or fuzzy): fuzz, oose (Scotland), puff
  • (anything inconsequential or superficial): BS, cruft, hype, all talk
  • (a lapse): blooper, blunder, boo-boo, defect, error, fault, faux pas, gaffe, lapse, mistake, slip, stumble, thinko
  • (passive in a lesbian relationship): ruffle
  • See also Thesaurus:error

Derived terms

  • bit of fluff
  • bumfluff
  • fluffball
  • fluffhead
  • fluffiness
  • fluffless
  • flufflike
  • fluffy
  • marshmallow fluff

Translations

See also

  • dust
  • lint
  • plumage

Verb

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

  1. (transitive) To make something fluffy.
    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
  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.

Derived terms

  • fluff-dry
  • fluffer
  • fluff girl
  • fluff up
  • mattress fluffer

Translations

Further reading

  • Douglas Harper (2001–2021), “fluff”, in Online Etymology Dictionary.

Swedish

Noun

fluff c

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

Declension

Synonyms

  • fluffmassa

Related terms

  • fluffa
  • fluffig

References

  • fluff in Svenska Akademiens ordlista (SAOL)


English

Etymology

From French friperie, from Old French fripier (to rub up and down, to wear into rags). Compare fripper.

Pronunciation

Noun

frippery (countable and uncountable, plural fripperies)

  1. Ostentation, as in fancy clothing.
  2. Useless things; trifles.
    • 1892 April, Frederick Law Olmsted, Report by F.L.O., quoted in 2003, Erik Larson, The Devil in the White City: Murder, Magic, and Madness at the Fair that Changed America, New York, N.Y.: Crown Publishing Group, →ISBN, page 170:
      [Olmsted reiterated his insistence that in Chicago] simplicity and reserve will be practiced and petty effects and frippery avoided.
  3. (obsolete) Cast-off clothes.
  4. (obsolete) The trade or traffic in old clothes.
  5. (obsolete) The place where old clothes are sold.
    • 1610, The Tempest, by Shakespeare, act 4 scene 1
      O, ho, monster! we know what belongs to a frippery.
  6. Hence: secondhand finery; cheap and tawdry decoration; affected elegance.
    • fond of gauze and French frippery
    • the gauzy frippery of a French translation

Translations

References

  • 1897 Universal Dictionary of the English Language, Robert Hunter and Charles Morris, eds., v 2 p 2213. [for entries 2, 3, 4, & 5]: Frippery (Page: 597)


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