In Harry Potter’s story, Fluffy is a monstrous looking dog with three heads. But if I look up dictionaries the word might have the meaning of ‘very cute fluffy dog’, I thought. So I like to call him ‘bok-shee-ree’(복실이) in Korean – it generally means a cute puppy or a kind looking girl. I wonder what kind of images do English natives recall, except the Harry Potter’s Fluffy, when they hear the word?
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Fluffy means just that, fluffy.
adjective (fluffier, fluffiest)
1 of, like, or covered with fluff:
a fluffy kitten
fluffy white clouds
The usage in Harry Potter is ironic: the dog is anything but “fluffy”, so it gets that name. Similar usages are to call short people “Lofty”, or tall people “Shorty” or “Little” (like “Little John” in Robin Hood).
When I hear the word fluffy, it would give me the feeling of something soft, cute, small, and covered with fur, like an adorable kitten.
The word fluffy can mean a different thing when it is used to describe a person.
(of a person, esp. a woman) frivolous, silly, or vague: fluffy blondes in leopard-skin pedal pushers.