- 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.
A man puffs a cigarette.
- 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 of puffMiddle 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 of puffME 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
- 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.
verbpuffed, puff·ing, puffs
- 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: The wind puffed out the sail.
- To fill with pride or conceit: The compliment puffed up his ego.
- To publicize with often exaggerated praise: publishers who puff their new books.
Origin of puffFrom Middle English puffen, to puff, from Old English pyffan, perhaps of imitative origin.
(countable and uncountable, plural puffs)
- (countable) A sharp exhalation of a small amount of breath through the mouth.
- (uncountable) The ability to breathe easily while exerting oneself.
- out of puff
- (countable) A small quantity of gas or smoke in the air.
- puff of smoke
- (informal, countable) An act of inhaling smoke from a cigarette, cigar or pipe.
- (countable) A flamboyant or alluring statement about an object's quality.
- A puffball.
- A powder puff.
- (uncountable, slang) The drug cannabis.
- (countable) A light cake filled with cream, cream cheese, etc.
- cream puff
- (derogatory, slang, UK, particularly northern UK) a homosexual; a poof
- (slang, dated, UK) life
(third-person singular simple present puffs, present participle puffing, simple past and past participle puffed)
- (intransitive) To emit smoke, gas, etc., in puffs.
- (intransitive) To pant.
- (archaic) To advertise.
- To blow as an expression of scorn.
- To swell with air; to be dilated or inflated.
- To breathe in a swelling, inflated, or pompous manner; hence, to assume importance.
- To drive with a puff, or with puffs.
- To repel with words; to blow at contemptuously.
- To cause to swell or dilate; to inflate.
- a bladder puffed with air
- To inflate with pride, flattery, self-esteem, etc.; often with up.
- To praise with exaggeration; to flatter; to call public attention to by praises; to praise unduly.
Old English pyffian