fluff vs tease what difference

what is difference between fluff and tease

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

Alternative forms

  • teaze (dated)

Etymology

From Middle English tesen, from Old English tǣsan (to tease), from Proto-West Germanic *taisijan (to separate, tug, shred).

Pronunciation

  • enPR: tēz, IPA(key): /tiːz/
  • Homophones: teas, tees
  • Rhymes: -iːz

Verb

tease (third-person singular simple present teases, present participle teasing, simple past and past participle teased)

  1. To separate the fibres of a fibrous material.
  2. To comb (originally with teasels) so that the fibres all lie in one direction.
  3. To back-comb.
  4. (transitive) To poke fun at, either cruelly or affectionately.
    • 2008, Lich King, “Attack of the Wrath of the War of the Death of the Strike of the Sword of the Blood of the Beast “, Toxic Zombie Onslaught
  5. (transitive) To provoke or disturb; to annoy.
    • 1684, Samuel Butler, Hudibras
      Not by the force of carnal reason, / But indefatigable teasing.
    • “My tastes,” he said, still smiling, “incline me to the garishly sunlit side of this planet.” And, to tease her and arouse her to combat: “I prefer a farandole to a nocturne; I’d rather have a painting than an etching; Mr. Whistler bores me with his monochromatic mud; I don’t like dull colours, dull sounds, dull intellects; [].”
  6. (transitive) To manipulate or influence the behavior of, especially by repeated acts of irritation.
  7. (transitive) To entice, tempt.
  8. (transitive, informal) To show as forthcoming, in the manner of a teaser.

Usage notes

  • Tease, in the sense of “make fun of,” can refer to cruel statements but also affectionate or harmless ones, which may be taken in good humour by the recipient. By contrast, taunt only refers to cruel statements, as does mock unless qualified (e.g. gently mock).

Derived terms

Translations

Noun

tease (plural teases)

  1. One who teases.
  2. A single act of teasing.
  3. One who deliberately arouses others (usually men) sexually with no intention of satisfying that arousal.
    Synonyms: cock tease, cocktease, cockteaser, prickteaser

Translations

Anagrams

  • Seeta, setae, setæ

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