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[pou-der-puhf] /ˈpaʊ dərˌpʌf/
adjective, Informal.
limited to participation by women or girls:
She plays on the powder-puff touch football team.
inconsequential; trifling; lightweight:
a powder-puff company with little financing and a weak sales effort.
1935-40 Unabridged
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Slang definitions & phrases for powderpuff


  1. For or involving women; women's: the pampered, powderpuff existence of the Ultra-feminine (1930s+)
  2. Trifling; insignificant: Reagan offers reporters only powder-puff photo opportunities (1930s+)

A cautious, agile fighter as distinct from a slugger (1940s+ Prizefighting)


: He just powder-puffed his opponent until he tired

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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Encyclopedia Article for powderpuff

breed of toy dog of ancient ancestry; it is one of the hairless breeds, its coat being confined to its head (crest), tail (plume), and lower legs (socks), although most litters also contain "powderpuff" pups with a full coat. The origin of the breed is uncertain; it may have originated in Africa, and it is thought to have been spread throughout the world by Chinese merchant ships. The gene that results in hairlessness is dominant but lethal, resulting in the death of fetal pups with two dominant genes before birth. Pups with two recessive genes for normal coats are powderpuffs.

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