Puff meaning

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A soft roll of hair on the head.
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A light padded bed covering.
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(genetics) A localized region of swelling in certain chromosomes indicating the active synthesis of RNA.
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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.

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An amount of vapor, smoke, or similar material released in a puff.
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An act of drawing in and expelling the breath, as in smoking tobacco.
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A swelling or rounded protuberance.
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Puff pastry.
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A light soft pad for applying powder or lotion.
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To blow in puffs.
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To come forth in puffs.

Steam puffing from an engine.

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To breathe forcefully and rapidly.

Huffed and puffed up the stairs.

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To emit puffs.
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To take puffs on smoking material.

Puffing on a cigar.

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To swell or seem to swell, as with pride or air. Often used with up .

He puffed up and glared at the importuning questioner.

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To emit or give forth in puffs.
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To impel with puffs.
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To smoke (a cigar, for example).
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To inflate or distend.

The wind puffed out the sail.

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To fill with pride or conceit.

The compliment puffed up his ego.

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To publicize with often exaggerated praise.

Publishers who puff their new books.

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A draw at a cigarette, pipe, etc.
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A swelling, or a protuberance caused by swelling.
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A shell of soft, light pastry filled with whipped cream, custard, etc.
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A soft, bulging mass of material, full in the middle and gathered in at the edges.
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A soft pad for dabbing powder on the skin or hair.
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A quilted bed covering with cotton, wool, or down filling.
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To blow in puffs, as the wind.
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To move, giving forth puffs.
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To come in puffs, as smoke.
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To take a puff or puffs at a cigarette, pipe, etc.
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To blow, drive, give forth, etc. in or with a puff or puffs.
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To swell; distend; inflate.
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To praise unduly.
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To write or print a puff of.

To puff a novel.

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To smoke (a cigarette, pipe, etc.)
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To set (the hair) in soft, round masses or rolls.
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An act of drawing in and expelling the breath, as in smoking tobacco.
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(genetics) A localized region of swelling in certain chromosomes indicating the active synthesis of RNA.
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To blow or emit in puffs.
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To breathe forcefully and rapidly.

Huffed and puffed up the stairs.

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To take puffs on smoking material.

Puffing on a cigar.

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(countable) A sharp exhalation of a small amount of breath through the mouth.
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(uncountable) The ability to breathe easily while exerting oneself.

Out of puff.

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(countable) A small quantity of gas or smoke in the air.

Puff of smoke.

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(informal, countable) An act of inhaling smoke from a cigarette, cigar or pipe.
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(countable) A flamboyant or alluring statement about an object's quality.
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(uncountable, slang) The drug cannabis.
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(countable) A light cake filled with cream, cream cheese, etc.

Cream puff.

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(derogatory, slang, UK, particularly northern UK) A homosexual; a poof.
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(slang, dated, UK) Life.
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(intransitive) To emit smoke, gas, etc., in puffs.
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(intransitive) To pant.
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(archaic) To advertise.
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To blow as an expression of scorn.
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To swell with air; to be dilated or inflated.

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To breathe in a swelling, inflated, or pompous manner; hence, to assume importance.
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To drive with a puff, or with puffs.
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To repel with words; to blow at contemptuously.
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To cause to swell or dilate; to inflate.

A bladder puffed with air.

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To inflate with pride, flattery, self-esteem, etc.; often with up.
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To praise with exaggeration; to flatter; to call public attention to by praises; to praise unduly.
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A gathered, protruding portion of fabric.
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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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Origin of puff

  • From Middle English puffen to puff from Old English pyffan perhaps of imitative origin

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition

  • Old English pyffian

    From Wiktionary