- The definition of a puff is a short gust of wind, a breath of air or a soft pastry.
- An example of a puff is an inhaling of a cigarette.
- An example of a puff is a pastry filled with whipping cream.
- To puff is defined as to blow in short bouts of wind or air, or to fill with air.
- An example of to puff is to blow circles with smoke.
- An example of to puff is to fluff up a down comforter, inflating the comforter with air.
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- a short, sudden burst or gust, as of wind, or an expulsion, as of breath
- the sound of this
- a small quantity of vapor, smoke, etc. expelled at one time
- a draw at a cigarette, pipe, etc.
- a swelling, or a protuberance caused by swelling
- a shell of soft, light pastry filled with whipped cream, custard, etc.
- a soft, bulging mass of material, full in the middle and gathered in at the edges
- a soft roll of hair on the head
- a soft pad for dabbing powder on the skin or hair
- a quilted bed covering with cotton, wool, or down filling
- Archaic vain show; bluff
- an advertisement, review, etc., as of a book, containing undue or exaggerated praise
Origin: Middle English puf from Old English pyff from the verb
- to blow in puffs, as the wind
- to give forth puffs of smoke, steam, etc.
- to breathe rapidly and hard, as from running
- to move, giving forth puffs: with away, out, in, etc.
- to come in puffs, as smoke
- to fill (out or up), as with air
- to become inflated, as with pride: with out or up
- to swell (out or up), as skin tissue
- to take a puff or puffs at a cigarette, pipe, etc.
Origin: ME puffen < OE pyffan, of echoic orig.
- to blow, drive, give forth, etc. in or with a puff or puffs
- to swell; distend; inflate
- to praise unduly
- to write or print a puff of: to puff a novel
- to smoke (a cigarette, pipe, etc.)
- to set (the hair) in soft, round masses or rolls
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- a. A short forceful exhalation of breath.b. A short sudden gust of wind.c. A brief sudden emission of air, vapor, or smoke.d. A short sibilant sound produced by a puff.
- An amount of vapor, smoke, or similar material released in a puff.
- An act of drawing in and expelling the breath, as in smoking tobacco.
- A swelling or rounded protuberance.
- Puff pastry.
- A light soft pad for applying powder or lotion.
- A gathered, protruding portion of fabric.
- A light padded bed covering.
- a. An approving or flattering recommendation.b. A piece of writing, as on the jacket of a book, containing often exaggerated praise, used for promotional purposes.
- Genetics A localized region of swelling in certain chromosomes indicating the active synthesis of RNA.
- To blow in puffs.
- To come forth in puffs: steam puffing from an engine.
- To breathe forcefully and rapidly: huffed and puffed up the stairs.
- To emit puffs.
- To take puffs on smoking material: puffing on a cigar.
- To swell or seem to swell, as with pride or air. Often used with up: He puffed up and glared at the importuning questioner.
- To emit or give forth in puffs.
- To impel with puffs.
- To smoke (a cigar, for example).
- To inflate or distend.
- To fill with pride or conceit.
- To publicize with often exaggerated praise: publishers who puff their new books.
Origin: From Middle English puffen, to puff, from Old English pyffan, perhaps of imitative origin.
- puffˈi·ly adverb
- puffˈi·ness noun
- puffˈy adjective