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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.
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
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.
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.
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ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.puffing - blowing tobacco smoke out into the airpuffing - blowing tobacco smoke out into the air; "they smoked up the room with their ceaseless puffing"
smoking, smoke - the act of smoking tobacco or other substances; "he went outside for a smoke"; "smoking stinks"
2.puffing - an act of forcible exhalationpuffing - an act of forcible exhalation  
breathing out, exhalation, expiration - the act of expelling air from the lungs
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References in classic literature ?
"I don't want to set up a hobgoblin in my own corn-patch, and almost at my own doorstep," said Mother Rigby to herself, puffing out a whiff of smoke; "I could do it if I pleased, but I'm tired of doing marvellous things, and so I'll keep within the bounds of every-day business just for variety's sake.
She shrouded herself, puffing and snorting, in a cloud of steam at the stove, and eventually extracted a frying-pan full of potatoes that hissed.
In a dozen leaps and bounds, he came to the village, tired out, puffing like a whale, and with tongue hanging.
I was feeding quietly near the pales which separated the meadow from the railway, when I heard a strange sound at a distance, and before I knew whence it came -- with a rush and a clatter, and a puffing out of smoke -- a long black train of something flew by, and was gone almost before I could draw my breath.
At this they quickly whirled around to find a funny little man sitting on a big copper chest, puffing smoke from a long pipe.
Amongst the celebrating crowds are Pakistani men (and boys) who are casually puffing away at cigarettes.
WHEN Puffing Billy comes round, you know Christmas is almost here.
One common way to commercialize amaranth seeds is through swelling them by a puffing process [3].
THE bicentenary of historic steam train Puffing Billy will be celebrated this school half term.
The scientists looked for a way to avoid that loss and enrich rice with protein and other nutrients during the puffing process.
Although puffing the cheeks caused some flattening of the buccal fat pad, the anatomic structures related to the buccal space--such as the zygomaticus major muscle, the parotid duct, and the facial vein--were all equally visible on both series of scans.
After much huffing and puffing about the bus service and a public meeting (where at least one of the three operators were sufficiently impressed by our Lib-Dem councillors that they bothered to turn up) nothing has or will happen.