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puff

 (pŭf)
n.
1.
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.
2. An amount of vapor, smoke, or similar material released in a puff.
3. An act of drawing in and expelling the breath, as in smoking tobacco.
4. A swelling or rounded protuberance.
5. Puff pastry.
6. A light soft pad for applying powder or lotion.
7. A gathered, protruding portion of fabric.
8. A light padded bed covering.
9.
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.
10. Genetics A localized region of swelling in certain chromosomes indicating the active synthesis of RNA.
v. puffed, puff·ing, puffs
v.intr.
1. To blow in puffs.
2. To come forth in puffs: steam puffing from an engine.
3. To breathe forcefully and rapidly: huffed and puffed up the stairs.
4. To emit puffs.
5. To take puffs on smoking material: puffing on a cigar.
6. To swell or seem to swell, as with pride or air. Often used with up: He puffed up and glared at the importuning questioner.
v.tr.
1. To emit or give forth in puffs.
2. To impel with puffs.
3. To smoke (a cigar, for example).
4. To inflate or distend: The wind puffed out the sail.
5. To fill with pride or conceit: The compliment puffed up his ego.
6. To publicize with often exaggerated praise: publishers who puff their new books.

[From Middle English puffen, to puff, from Old English pyffan, perhaps of imitative origin.]

puff′i·ly adv.
puff′i·ness n.
puff′y adj.

puff

(pʌf)
n
1. a short quick draught, gust, or emission, as of wind, smoke, air, etc, esp a forceful one
2. the amount of wind, smoke, etc, released in a puff
3. the sound made by or associated with a puff
4. (Physiology) an instance of inhaling and expelling the breath as in smoking
5. a swelling
6. (Cookery) a light aerated pastry usually filled with cream, jam, etc
7. (Clothing & Fashion) a powder puff
8. (Marketing) exaggerated praise, as of a book, product, etc, esp through an advertisement
9. (Clothing & Fashion) a piece of clothing fabric gathered up so as to bulge in the centre while being held together at the edges
10. (Hairdressing & Grooming) a loose piece of hair wound into a cylindrical roll, usually over a pad, and pinned in place in a coiffure
11. (Knitting & Sewing) a less common word for quilt1
12. (Physiology) one's breath (esp in the phrase out of puff)
13. slang offensive a male homosexual
14. (Plants) a dialect word for puffball
vb
15. (Physiology) to blow or breathe or cause to blow or breathe in short quick draughts or blasts
16. (Physiology) (tr; often foll by out; usually passive) to cause to be out of breath
17. (Physiology) to take puffs or draws at (a cigarette, cigar, or pipe)
18. to move with or by the emission of puffs: the steam train puffed up the incline.
19. (often foll by: up, out, etc) to swell, as with air, pride, etc
20. (Marketing) (tr) to praise with exaggerated empty words, often in advertising
21. (Clothing & Fashion) (tr) to apply (cosmetic powder) from a powder puff to (the face)
22. (Commerce) to increase the price of (a lot in an auction) artificially by having an accomplice make false bids
[Old English pyffan; related to Dutch German puffen, Swiss pfuffen, Norwegian puffa, all of imitative origin]

puff

(pʌf)

n.
1. a short, quick blast or emission of air, smoke, vapor, etc.
2. a small emission of vapor, smoke, etc.
3. the sound of an emission of vapor, smoke, etc.
4. an act of inhaling and exhaling, as on a cigarette or pipe; whiff.
5. an inflated or distended part of a thing; swelling; protuberance.
6. a ball of light pastry baked and filled with whipped cream, jam, etc.
7. a portion of material gathered and held down at the edges but left full in the middle, as on a sleeve.
8. a cylindrical roll of hair.
9. a quilted bed covering, usu. filled with down.
10. a commendation, esp. an exaggerated one, of a book, an actor's performance, etc.
12. a ball or pad of soft material.
v.i.
13. to blow with short, quick blasts, as the wind.
14. to be emitted in a puff.
15. to emit a puff or puffs of air; breathe quick and hard.
16. to emit puffs of vapor or smoke.
17. to go or move with puffing or puffs: The train puffed into the station.
18. to take puffs at a cigar, cigarette, etc.
19. to become inflated or distended (usu. fol. by up).
v.t.
20. to send forth (air, vapor, etc.) in short, quick blasts.
21. to drive or impel by puffing, or with a short, quick blast.
22. to smoke (a cigar, cigarette, etc.).
23. to inflate or distend, esp. with air.
24. to make fluffy; fluff (often fol. by up): to puff up a pillow.
25. to inflate with pride, vanity, etc. (often fol. by up): Their applause puffed him up.
26. to praise unduly.
27. to arrange in puffs, as the hair.
[1175–1225; (v.) Middle English puffen (compare Middle Dutch puffen, Low German pof, puf); (n.) Middle English puf, puffe; of imitative orig.]
puff′y, adj. puff•i•er, puff•i•est.
puff′i•ly, adv.
puff′i•ness, n.

Puff

 a small quantity emitted in a blast.
Examples: puff of breath, 1667; of smoke, 1839; of vapour, 1869; of wind, 1400.

puff


Past participle: puffed
Gerund: puffing

Imperative
puff
puff
Present
I puff
you puff
he/she/it puffs
we puff
you puff
they puff
Preterite
I puffed
you puffed
he/she/it puffed
we puffed
you puffed
they puffed
Present Continuous
I am puffing
you are puffing
he/she/it is puffing
we are puffing
you are puffing
they are puffing
Present Perfect
I have puffed
you have puffed
he/she/it has puffed
we have puffed
you have puffed
they have puffed
Past Continuous
I was puffing
you were puffing
he/she/it was puffing
we were puffing
you were puffing
they were puffing
Past Perfect
I had puffed
you had puffed
he/she/it had puffed
we had puffed
you had puffed
they had puffed
Future
I will puff
you will puff
he/she/it will puff
we will puff
you will puff
they will puff
Future Perfect
I will have puffed
you will have puffed
he/she/it will have puffed
we will have puffed
you will have puffed
they will have puffed
Future Continuous
I will be puffing
you will be puffing
he/she/it will be puffing
we will be puffing
you will be puffing
they will be puffing
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been puffing
you have been puffing
he/she/it has been puffing
we have been puffing
you have been puffing
they have been puffing
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been puffing
you will have been puffing
he/she/it will have been puffing
we will have been puffing
you will have been puffing
they will have been puffing
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been puffing
you had been puffing
he/she/it had been puffing
we had been puffing
you had been puffing
they had been puffing
Conditional
I would puff
you would puff
he/she/it would puff
we would puff
you would puff
they would puff
Past Conditional
I would have puffed
you would have puffed
he/she/it would have puffed
we would have puffed
you would have puffed
they would have puffed
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.puff - a short light gust of airpuff - a short light gust of air    
gust, blast, blow - a strong current of air; "the tree was bent almost double by the gust"
2.puff - a light inflated pastry or puff shell
pastry - any of various baked foods made of dough or batter
cream puff, chou - puff filled with cream or custard
3.puff - exaggerated praise (as for promotional purposes)
good word, recommendation, testimonial - something that recommends (or expresses commendation of) a person or thing as worthy or desirable
4.puff - bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched togetherpuff - bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together
bed clothing, bedclothes, bedding - coverings that are used on a bed
continental quilt, duvet, eiderdown - a soft quilt usually filled with the down of the eider
patchwork quilt, patchwork - a quilt made by sewing patches of different materials together
5.puff - a soft spherical object made from fluffy fibers; for applying powder to the skin
pad - a flat mass of soft material used for protection, stuffing, or comfort
6.puff - thick cushion used as a seat
seat - furniture that is designed for sitting on; "there were not enough seats for all the guests"
7.puff - a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke); "he took a puff on his pipe"; "he took a drag on his cigarette and expelled the smoke slowly"
smoking, smoke - the act of smoking tobacco or other substances; "he went outside for a smoke"; "smoking stinks"
breathing in, inhalation, intake, aspiration, inspiration - the act of inhaling; the drawing in of air (or other gases) as in breathing
toke - a puff of a marijuana or hashish cigarette; "the boys took a few tokes on a joint"
8.puff - forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth; "he gave his nose a loud blow"; "he blew out all the candles with a single puff"
breathing out, exhalation, expiration - the act of expelling air from the lungs
insufflation - an act of blowing or breathing on or into something
Verb1.puff - smoke and exhale strongly; "puff a cigar"; "whiff a pipe"
smoke - inhale and exhale smoke from cigarettes, cigars, pipes; "We never smoked marijuana"; "Do you smoke?"
2.puff - suck in or take (air); "draw a deep breath"; "draw on a cigarette"
breathe in, inhale, inspire - draw in (air); "Inhale deeply"; "inhale the fresh mountain air"; "The patient has trouble inspiring"; "The lung cancer patient cannot inspire air very well"
3.puff - breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted; "The runners reached the finish line, panting heavily"
blow - exhale hard; "blow on the soup to cool it down"
4.puff - make proud or conceited; "The sudden fame puffed her ego"
elate, intoxicate, uplift, lift up, pick up - fill with high spirits; fill with optimism; "Music can uplift your spirits"
5.puff - praise extravagantly; "The critics puffed up this Broadway production"
praise - express approval of; "The parents praised their children for their academic performance"
6.puff - speak in a blustering or scornful manner; "A puffing kind of man"
7.puff - to swell or cause to enlarge, "Her faced puffed up from the drugs"; "puffed out chests"
swell up, tumesce, tumefy, intumesce, swell - expand abnormally; "The bellies of the starving children are swelling"
8.puff - blow hard and loudly; "he huffed and puffed as he made his way up the mountain"
blow - exhale hard; "blow on the soup to cool it down"
Adj.1.puff - gathered for protruding fullness; "puff sleeves"
fancy - not plain; decorative or ornamented; "fancy handwriting"; "fancy clothes"

puff

verb
1. smoke, draw, drag (slang), suck, inhale, pull at or on He gave a wry smile as he puffed on his cigarette.
2. breathe heavily, pant, exhale, blow, gasp, gulp, wheeze, fight for breath, puff and pant I could see he was unfit, because he was puffing.
3. promote, push, plug (informal), hype, publicize, advertise, praise, crack up (informal), big up (slang, chiefly Caribbean), overpraise TV correspondents puffing the new digital channels
noun
1. drag, pull (slang), moke She was taking quick puffs at her cigarette.
2. blast, breath, flurry, whiff, draught, gust, emanation an occasional puff of air stirring the brittle leaves
3. advertisement, ad (informal), promotion, plug (informal), good word, commendation, sales talk, namecheck, favourable mention, piece of publicity an elaborate puff for his magazine
puff out or up swell, expand, enlarge, inflate, dilate, distend, bloat His chest puffed out with pride.
puff something out or up expand, inflate, stick out, dilate, distend He puffed out his cheeks and let out his breath.

puff

noun
An inhalation, as of a cigar, pipe, or cigarette:
Slang: hit.
verb
1. To be in a state of motion, as air:
2. To breathe hard:
3. To increase or seek to increase the importance or reputation of by favorable publicity:
Informal: plug.
Slang: hype.
Translations
أي شَيْ مَنْفوخ، قُرْص البودْرَهنَفْخَه، هَبَّهيَتَنَفَّس بِصُعوبَهيَنْفُخ، يَنْفُث
bafatbalonovýfoukathekatoddychovat
=-kvastdampepusterygevindpust
pamacspöfékelpuff1
hviîa, gusturmásapúapúîurkvasti; púffermar
dvelktelėjimasišpurtęsištintikamuoliukaspabrinkęs
elst, elsotkamoliņškrokotskuplspūderslotiņa
prudko dýchať
izpuhpihatisopihativdihvleči
esintiponponpufpüfürtüsoluk soluğa kalmak

puff

[pʌf]
A. N
1. [of breathing, engine] → resoplido m; [of air] → soplo m; [of wind] → racha f, ráfaga f; [of smoke] → bocanada f; (on cigarette, pipe) → chupada f
I'm out of puffestoy sin aliento
2. (= powder puff) → borla f
3. (Culin) cream puffpetisú m, pastel m de crema
4. (= advert) → bombo m
5. (Drugs) → canabis m
B. VT
1. (= blow) → soplar; [+ pipe etc] → chupar
to puff smokeechar bocanadas de humo
to puff smoke in sb's faceechar humo a la cara de algn
2. (also puff up) (= inflate) → hinchar, inflar (LAm)
C. VI
1. (= breathe heavily) → jadear, resoplar
to puff (away) at or on one's pipechupar la pipa
2. the train puffed into/out of the stationel tren entró en/salió de la estación echando humo
D. CPD puff adder Nvíbora f puff
puff paste N (US) = puff pastry puff pastry Nhojaldre m
puff sleeves NPLmangas fpl filipinas
puff along VI + ADV [train] → avanzar bufando; [person] → correr jadeando
puff away VI + ADV
see puff C
puff out VT + ADV
1. [+ smoke etc] → echar, arrojar, despedir
2. [+ cheeks, chest, sails] → hinchar, inflar (LAm); [+ feathers] → erizar
puff up
A. VT + ADV
1. (= inflate) [+ tyre etc] → hinchar, inflar (LAm)
2. = puff out 2
3. (fig) → dar bombo a
to puff o.s. updarse bombo, engreírse
B. VI + ADVhincharse

puff

[ˈpʌf]
n
[air] → bouffée f; [smoke] → bouffée f
to take a puff (on cigarette, pipe)tirer une bouffée
She was taking quick puffs at her cigarette → Elle tirait de petites bouffées de cigarette.
(= gasp)
Her breath came in puffs and gasps → Elle haletait., Elle avait le souffle court.
vt
to puff one's pipe → tirer sur sa pipe
to puff smoke → envoyer des bouffées de fumée
vi
(= pant) → haleter
[smoke] → sortir par bouffées
to puff on sth, to puff at sth [+ cigarette, pipe] → tirer sur qch
puff out
vt sep
[+ sails] → gonfler
[+ cheeks] → gonfler
to puff out one's chest → gonfler sa poitrine; (with pride)bomber le torse
to puff out smoke → envoyer des bouffées de fumée
vi [smoke] → sortir par boufféespuffa jacket [ˈpʌfədʒækɪt] ndoudoune f

puff

n
(of breathing, of engine)Schnaufen nt no pl; (of horse)Schnauben nt no pl; (inf: = breath) → Puste f (inf); (on cigarette etc) → Zug m (→ at, of an +dat); a puff of air/windein Luft-/Windstoß m; a puff of smokeeine Rauchwolke; our hopes vanished in a puff of smokeunsere Hoffnungen lösten sich in nichts auf; he blew out the candles with or in one puffer blies die Kerzen auf einmal aus; to be out of puff (Brit inf) → außer Puste sein (inf)
(= powder puff)Quaste f
(Cook) cream puffWindbeutel m; jam puffBlätterteigteilchen ntmit Marmelade
vt
smokeausstoßen; (person) → blasen; cigarette, cigarpaffen (inf); to puff something awayetw wegblasen; stop puffing smoke in my faceblas mir nicht dauernd den Rauch ins Gesicht
(Sew) → bauschen; puffed sleevesPuffärmel pl
(Cook) to puff ricePuffreis mherstellen
vi (person, train)schnaufen; (horse)schnauben; (wind)blasen; (chimney, smoke)qualmen; he was puffing and pantinger pustete und schnaufte; the train puffed into the stationder Zug fuhr schnaufend in den Bahnhof ein; to puff (away) at or on a cigaran einer Zigarre paffen

puff

:
puff adder
nPuffotter f
puffball
n (Bot) → Bovist m

puff

:
puff pastry, (US) puff paste
nBlätterteig m
puff-puff
n (baby-talk) (= train)Puffpuff f (baby-talk); (= sound)Puffpuff nt
puff sleeve
nPuffärmel m

puff

[pʌf]
1. n
a. (of breath) → soffio; (of engine) → sbuffare m; (of air, wind) → folata, soffio; (of smoke) → sbuffo; (of cigarette) → tiro, boccata
I'm out of puff (fam) → sono senza fiato
b. (powder puff) → piumino della cipria
c. (Culin) cream puffsfogliatina alla panna
2. vt
a. to puff (out) smokemandar fuori fumo
b. (also puff out) (sails, cheeks) → gonfiare
his face was all puffed up → la sua faccia era tutta gonfia
3. vi (breathe heavily) → ansimare; (blow) → soffiare
the train puffed into the station → il treno entrò sbuffando in stazione
to puff (away) at or on one's pipe → tirare boccate di fumo dalla pipa

puff

(paf) noun
1. a small blast of air, wind etc; a gust. A puff of wind moved the branches.
2. any of various kinds of soft, round, light or hollow objects. a powder puff; (also adjective) puff sleeves.
verb
1. to blow in small blasts. Stop puffing cigarette smoke into my face!; He puffed at his pipe.
2. to breathe quickly, after running etc. He was puffing as he climbed the stairs.
puffed adjective
short of breath; breathing quickly. I'm puffed after running so fast!
ˈpuffy adjective
swollen, especially unhealthily. a puffy face/ankle.
puff pastry
a light, flaky type of pastry.
puff out
to cause to swell or expand. The bird puffed out its feathers; He puffed out his cheeks.
puff up
to swell. Her eye (was all) puffed up after the wasp stung her.

puff

n (fam, of an inhaler) inhalación f
References in classic literature ?
Hold up your dress and put your hat on straight, it looks sentimental tipped that way and will fly off at the first puff.
Ever and anon, too, there came a glare of red light out of his eyes, as if the old man's soul were on fire and kept on smouldering duskily within his breast, until by some casual puff of passion it was blown into a momentary flame.
Soon I proposed a social smoke; and, producing his pouch and tomahawk, he quietly offered me a puff.
Whether owing to the almost omniscient look-outs at the mast-heads of the whale-ships, now penetrating even through Behring's straits, and into the remotest secret drawers and lockers of the world; and the thousand harpoons and lances darted along all continental coasts; the moot point is, whether Leviathan can long endure so wide a chase, and so remorseless a havoc; whether he must not at last be exterminated from the waters, and the last whale, like the last man, smoke his last pipe, and then himself evaporate in the final puff.
The assemblage rose, whiffed ceremony to the winds, and rushed for the door like a mob; overturning chairs, smashing crockery, tugging, struggling, shouldering, crowding -- anything to get out before I should change my mind and puff the castle into the measureless dim vacancies of space.
Down from vague and vaporous heights, little ruffled zigzag milky currents came crawling, and found their way to the verge of one of those tremendous overhanging walls, whence they plunged, a shaft of silver, shivered to atoms in mid-descent and turned to an air puff of luminous dust.
Now they stretched themselves out on their elbows and began to puff, charily, and with slender confi- dence.
You will puff her up with such ideas of her own beauty, and of what she has a claim to, that, in a little while, nobody within her reach will be good enough for her.
A puff of air extinguished the candle, and the black night shut him out from her in an instant.
He took out a blackened pipe, filled it, lighted it with flint and steel, pulled at it until it was in a bright glow: then, suddenly held it from him and dropped something into it from between his finger and thumb, that blazed and went out in a puff of smoke.
Just while I was meditating, a puff came, caught the HISPANIOLA, and forced her up into the current; and to my great joy, I felt the hawser slacken in my grasp, and the hand by which I held it dip for a second under water.
If thou knowest thyself, it will follow thou wilt not puff thyself up like the frog that strove to make himself as large as the ox; if thou dost, the recollection of having kept pigs in thine own country will serve as the ugly feet for the wheel of thy folly.