Puff - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |pʌf|  American pronunciation of the word puff
Brit.  |pʌf|  British pronunciation of the word puff
- a short light gust of air (syn: whiff)
- a light inflated pastry or puff shell
- exaggerated praise (as for promotional purposes)
- bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together (syn: comfort, comforter, quilt)
- a soft spherical object made from fluffy fibers; for applying powder to the skin
- thick cushion used as a seat (syn: hassock, ottoman)
- a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke) (syn: drag, pull)
- forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth (syn: blow)
- smoke and exhale strongly (syn: whiff)
- suck in or take (air) (syn: drag, draw)
- breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted (syn: gasp, heave, pant)
- make proud or conceited
- praise extravagantly (syn: puff up)
- speak in a blustering or scornful manner
- to swell or cause to enlarge (syn: blow up, puff out, puff up)
- blow hard and loudly (syn: chuff, huff)
- gathered for protruding fullness (syn: puffed)

Examples

She sat on the porch puffing on a cigarette.

The chimney puffed white smoke into the sky.

We watched the train puff away on its journey west.

He was puffing and panting from running.

The bikers puffed up the hill.

He let me have a puff off his pipe.

She took two puffs on her inhaler before going for a run.

puffs filled with cream cheese and apricot jam

She was taking quick puffs at her cigarette like a beginner.

Wind caught the sudden puff of dust.

Wait a minute, I'm puffed out.

The train puffed away.

This chimney is puffing out too much smoke.

As the wind rose, the sails puffed out and the little boat moved faster.

His face was all puffed up.

Phrasal verbs

puff out  — to swell or cause to enlarge
puff up  — make larger or distend

Word forms

verb
I/you/we/they: puff
he/she/it: puffs
present participle: puffing
past tense: puffed
past participle: puffed
noun
singular: puff
plural: puffs
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