1. the very light growth of hair on the face of a boy who is on the verge of needing to shave.
|Behind Bamboo 395/2: Bumfluff, a small or poorly grown moustache.|
|Dream of Peter Mann Act II: A mother knows – yes under all that bum fluff he’s all mine.|
|Zimmer’s Essay 109: Now as the bumfluff darkens under my chin, I hate the thought of whiskers.|
|(ref. to 1950) Coronation Cups and Jam Jars 174: I had my tea, washed and then shaved off what bum bluff there was on my chin.|
|Who’s Been Sleeping in my Bed 29: Hair under his arms, bit of bumfluff over his lip.|
|DSUE (8th edn) 153/2: late C.19–20.|
|(con. WW2) Heart of Oak [ebook] I remember one young man, tall and thin, on a Norwegian tanker [...] He was blond, and wore an incipient beard such as young men do. Prof named him ‘Skywegian Bumfluff’.|
|Guardian G2 27 May 8: There’s nothing like growing up alongside boys and seeing the bum-fluff on chins turn into unatttractive stubble.|
|(con. late 1940s) Sixteen Shillings And Tuppence Ha’penny 44: Mere boys, some still had the bumfluff on their chins.|
|Black Swan Green 272: ‘Where’s yer bumfluff, Taylor?’ Ant Little peered at my upper lip.|
|Good Girl Stripped Bare 45: I [...] see the bum-fluffed face of a teenage boy.|
2. attrib. use of sense 1.
|Crumple Zone 3: Burton pulls on his bumfluff whiskers.|
|Big Ask 65: Boys in bum-fluff moustaches, embroidered waistcoats and Nike runners.|
3. (Aus.) empty talk, nonsense.
|I Travelled a Lonely Land (1957) 231/1: bumfluff – nonsense or silly talk.|
4. pubic hair.
|Reach 16: Due to the extreme angle of my neck and her bobbing backside, my nose keeps coming up against her ticklish – all-too-literal – bumfluff.|
5. a term of address, whether abuse or affection.
|Layer Cake 137: Listen, bum-fluff, you’ve taken my cash and what you’ve come back with has been canteen gossip.|
|Salt and Honey 145: So, Bumfluff, show me this cave.|
|Londonstani (2007) 8: If it [i.e. facial hair] weren’t too blond, it was too curly or too bumfluffy.|