Definition of powder puff in English:

powder puff


  • 1A soft pad for applying powder to the skin, especially the face.

    • ‘Tonalities of white and pink dominate the composition: the delicate pallor of her alabaster skin and the rosiness of her cheeks and lips are variously echoed in her gown and mantle, the cameo, tablecloth, and powder puff.’
    • ‘Before doing anything else, she dabs her T-zone (forehead, nose and chin) with loose powder, using a large powder puff to pick up excess moisture.’
    • ‘Prepare to be amazed as Jeanne's creations mix traditional and non-traditional materials including powder puffs, hair clips and face masks.’
    • ‘I prefer to think of it as a miniature powder-puff, essentially feminine and quite irresistible.’
    • ‘She tries in vain to reverse what is happening through the use of face powder and a powder puff, but with the knowledge that nothing can be done.’
    • ‘It was funny watching Mr Tough Guy pat his face with this little powder puff, but I didn't dare tease him.’
    • ‘It looks like a giant's white powder puff that when cut reveals a smooth, pale cheese with an aroma that hints of lemon, milk and freshly mown grass.’
    • ‘The final touch to Laura's ensemble is two handkerchief-wrapped powder puffs stuffed in the bosom of her dress to improve her bust line.’
    • ‘‘But melting makeup and shine don't mean you should be a slave to a powder puff,’ she adds.’
    • ‘A powder puff would then gently be dabbed on her face to even out any creases or blotches.’
    • ‘Applicators - sponges, brushes, powder puffs - pose the greatest risk of common contamination because they can harbor bacteria, dirt and oil from your skin.’
    • ‘Not that the ad dwells on whatever it was he did, because too much chatter would distract from the footage of a younger, hipper Senate candidate massaging another man's face and applying powder with a pink powder puff.’
    1. 1.1informal An ineffectual person or thing.
      [as modifier] ‘a powder-puff bowler’
      • ‘The Argentinian is ripe for the taking as his record suggests a mediocre fighting ability and a powder-puff punch.’
      • ‘There is nothing powder-puff about the All Black front five.’
      • ‘It may be slow-burning for modern tastes but it still makes soap opera look powder-puff.’
      • ‘However, his powder-puff effort dropped short and the referee's whistle blew immediately to signal the end of a bitty match.’
      • ‘But he must do better in 2004, because he will not have the luxury of a powder-puff opposition allowing him to remain in low gear.’
      • ‘As for a pitcher to round out this powder-puff team, there's no shortage of solid candidates since countless starters and relievers failed to hit a single home run during long careers.’
      • ‘Resorting to long-range efforts and powder-puff headers, Rangers kept to the task but neither goal mouth skirmishes in the closing stages or panicked snapshots could deliver the necessary goal.’
      • ‘The owner describes her salon as ‘more paramedic than cosmetic,’ but don't let the powder-puff philosophizing scare you off.’
      • ‘He was a man's man, far removed from pretty boys like Valentino and other powder-puff men of the 1920s.’
      • ‘Not only was he stopped in the eighth round by the powder-puff youngster, he struggled to put his punches together and failed to effectively use his reach advantage.’
      • ‘Yet again Saints lacked a forward who can cause damage in the penalty box, and their powder-puff probings were often the springboard for surging Celtic counter-attacks.’
      • ‘A baffling change in formation, a dreadful goalkeeping error, woeful defending and powder-puff finishing combined to ensure their heaviest defeat of the season.’
      • ‘Much has been made of the powder-puff midfield, consisting of a series of pleasing ball players with little real bite.’
      • ‘He, however, begins with a massive serve but follows it up with a powder-puff game.’
      • ‘I talked him into shooting a few rounds through the rifle, and he was astonished at the powder-puff recoil.’
      • ‘Ever since they were bundled out of the World Cup with a powder-puff effort against the Wallabies, New Zealanders have been obsessed with restoring some mongrel and cohesion to their forward pack.’
      • ‘You never felt anything so light as those spindly little legs; you never saw anything so fine as the pin-fine veins in her powder-puff wings.’


powder puff