Definition of powder puff in US English:

powder puff

(also powderpuff)

noun

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

    • ‘‘But melting makeup and shine don't mean you should be a slave to a powder puff,’ she adds.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘It was funny watching Mr Tough Guy pat his face with this little powder puff, but I didn't dare tease him.’
    • ‘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.’

adjective

  • 1US (of sports) played by women or girls only.

    ‘a fifth grade powder-puff football game’
    • ‘The hazing took place off campus and grew out of powder puff football matches that were previously held at the school but discontinued in the late 1970s because they became too rough.’
    • ‘The students involved in the powder puff football incident in Illinois clearly violated the school's hazing policy, even though the activities occurred off-campus.’
  • 2informal (of a person or thing) ineffectual.

    ‘a powder-puff hitter’

Pronunciation

powder puff

/ˈpoudər ˌpəf//ˈpaʊdər ˌpəf/