Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A short forceful exhalation of breath.
  • n. A short sudden gust of wind.
  • n. A brief sudden emission of air, vapor, or smoke.
  • n. A short sibilant sound produced by a puff.
  • n. An amount of vapor, smoke, or similar material released in a puff.
  • n. An act of drawing in and expelling the breath, as in smoking tobacco.
  • n. A swelling or rounded protuberance.
  • n. Puff pastry.
  • n. A light soft pad for applying powder or lotion.
  • n. A gathered, protruding portion of fabric.
  • n. A light padded bed covering.
  • n. An approving or flattering recommendation.
  • n. A piece of writing, as on the jacket of a book, containing often exaggerated praise, used for promotional purposes.
  • n. Genetics A localized region of swelling in certain chromosomes indicating the active synthesis of RNA.
  • intransitive v. To blow in puffs.
  • intransitive v. To come forth in puffs: steam puffing from an engine.
  • intransitive v. To breathe forcefully and rapidly: huffed and puffed up the stairs.
  • intransitive v. To emit puffs.
  • intransitive v. To take puffs on smoking material: puffing on a cigar.
  • intransitive v. To swell or seem to swell, as with pride or air. Often used with up: He puffed up and glared at the importuning questioner.
  • transitive v. To emit or give forth in puffs.
  • transitive v. To impel with puffs.
  • transitive v. To smoke (a cigar, for example).
  • transitive v. To inflate or distend.
  • transitive v. To fill with pride or conceit.
  • transitive v. To publicize with often exaggerated praise: publishers who puff their new books.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A sharp exhalation of a small amount of breath through the mouth.
  • n. The ability to breathe easily while exerting oneself.
  • n. A small quantity of gas or smoke in the air.
  • n. An act of inhaling smoke from a cigarette, cigar or pipe.
  • n. A flamboyant or alluring statement about an object's quality.
  • n. The drug cannabis.
  • n. A light cake filled with cream, cream cheese, etc.
  • n. a homosexual; a poof
  • n. life
  • v. To emit smoke, gas, etc., in puffs.
  • v. To pant.
  • v. To advertise

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Puffed up; vain.
  • n. A sudden and single emission of breath from the mouth; hence, any sudden or short blast of wind; a slight gust; a whiff.
  • n. Anything light and filled with air. Specifically: (a) A puffball. (b) kind of light pastry. (c) A utensil of the toilet for dusting the skin or hair with powder.
  • n. An exaggerated or empty expression of praise, especially one in a public journal.
  • intransitive v. To blow in puffs, or with short and sudden whiffs.
  • intransitive v. To blow, as an expression of scorn; -- with at.
  • intransitive v. To breathe quick and hard, or with puffs, as after violent exertion.
  • intransitive v. To swell with air; to be dilated or inflated.
  • intransitive v. To breathe in a swelling, inflated, or pompous manner; hence, to assume importance.
  • transitive v. To drive with a puff, or with puffs.
  • transitive v. To repel with words; to blow at contemptuously.
  • transitive v. To cause to swell or dilate; to inflate; to ruffle with puffs; -- often with up.
  • transitive v. To inflate with pride, flattery, self-esteem, or the like; -- often with up.
  • transitive v. To praise with exaggeration; to flatter; to call public attention to by praises; to praise unduly.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To blow with quick, intermittent blasts; emit a whiff, as of wind, air, or smoke.
  • To blow, as an expression of scorn or contempt; snort; sneer.
  • To breathe with agitation, as after violent exertion.
  • To act or move with flurry and a swelling, bustling appearance; assume importance.
  • To blow; send forth in quick short blasts or whiffs; drive with a blast.
  • To draw smoke through, or send out smoke from.
  • To fill, inflate, or expand with breath or air, and figuratively with pride, vanity, conceit, etc.; swell: frequently with up: as, puffed up with success; puffed with ambition.
  • To praise with exaggeration; give undue or servile praise to.
  • An exclamation of contempt or impatience.
  • In botany, to discharge suddenly a clond of spores, as frequently occurs in certain fungi.
  • n. A sharp, forcible blast; a whiff; a sudden emission, as of air from the mouth, or smoke from the stack of an engine; also, as much as is suddenly so emitted at one time.
  • n. A puffball.
  • n. An inflated, swollen, light, fluffy, or porous thing or part.
  • n. A light, porous, spongy, or friable cake, generally filled with preserve or the like: as, cream-puffs; jam-puffs.
  • n. An implement consisting of swan's down or a wad of flossy or loose texture, used for applying powder to the hair or skin. See powderpuff.
  • n. Exaggerated or undue praise uttered or written from an interested point of view; especially, a written commendation of a book, an actor's or a singer's performance, a tradesman's goods, or the like.
  • n. One who is puffed up; an inflated, conceited person.
  • n. One who writes puffs.
  • n. A small vessel with minute openings for scattering liquid perfumes.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. blow hard and loudly
  • n. a short light gust of air
  • v. speak in a blustering or scornful manner
  • v. breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted
  • n. bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together
  • n. a soft spherical object made from fluffy fibers; for applying powder to the skin
  • n. a light inflated pastry or puff shell
  • adj. gathered for protruding fullness
  • v. make proud or conceited
  • v. to swell or cause to enlarge,
  • v. suck in or take (air)
  • n. forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth
  • v. smoke and exhale strongly
  • v. praise extravagantly
  • n. a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke)
  • n. thick cushion used as a seat
  • n. exaggerated praise (as for promotional purposes)

Etymologies

From Middle English puffen, to puff, from Old English pyffan, perhaps of imitative origin.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Old English pyffian (Wiktionary)

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