(countable) A sharp exhalation of a small amount of breath through the mouth.
(uncountable) The ability to breathe easily while exerting oneself.
(countable) A small quantity of gas or smoke in the air.
- out of puff
- puff of smoke
(informal, countable) An act of inhaling smoke from a cigarette, cigar or pipe.
(countable) A flamboyant or alluring statement about an object's quality.
(dated, slang) A puffer, one who is employed by the owner or seller of goods sold at auction to bid up the price; an act or scam of that type.
* 1842 , "A Paper on Puffing", in Ainsworth's Magazine
- to every puff of wind a slave
* 1848 , Mrs. White, "Puffs and Puffing", in Sharpe's London Magazine
- Is nothing to be said in praise of the "Emporiums" and "Repositories" and "Divans," which formerly were mere insignificant tailors', toymen's, and tobacconists' shops? Is the transition from the barber's pole to the revolving bust of the perruquier, nothing? — the leap from the bare counter-traversed shop to the carpeted and mirrored saloon of trade, nothing? Are they not, one and all, practical puffs , intended to invest commerce with elegance, and to throw a halo round extravagance?
* 2008 , David Paton-Williamspage, Katterfelto , page xii
- Here the duke is made the vehicle of the tailor's advertisement, and the prelusive compliments, ostensibly meant for his grace, merge into a covert recommendation of the coat. Several specimens might be given of this species of puff , which is to be met with in almost every paper, and is a favourite form with booksellers, professional men, &c.
A powder puff.
(uncountable, slang) The drug cannabis.
(countable) A light cake filled with cream, cream cheese, etc.
- He was the eighteenth century king of spin, or, in the language of the day, the "prince of puff ".
(derogatory, slang, British, particularly northern UK) a homosexual; a poof
(slang, dated, UK) life
* 1938 , P. G. Wodehouse (Bertie Wooster speaking of Spode) in The Code of the Woosters
- cream puff
- Did you ever in your puff see such a perfect perisher?
* (sharp exhalation of a small amount of breath through the mouth)
* (ability to breathe easily while exerting oneself) wind
* (small quantity of gas or smoke in the air)
* (cannabis) blow, dope, ganja, pot, weed; see also
* (type of cake) pastry
* (poof) See poof
* powder puff
* puff pastry
* puff piece
To emit smoke, gas, etc., in puffs.
* 1918 , (Edgar Rice Burroughs), Chapter VI
- The ass comes back again, puffing and blowing, from the chase.
(archaic) To advertise.
To blow as an expression of scorn.
- Puffing and panting, we plodded on until within about a mile of the harbor we came upon a sight that brought us all up standing.
To swell with air; to be dilated or inflated.
- It is really to defy Heaven to puff at damnation.
To breathe in a swelling, inflated, or pompous manner; hence, to assume importance.
To drive with a puff, or with puffs.
- Then came brave Glory puffing by.
To repel with words; to blow at contemptuously.
- The clearing north will puff the clouds away.
To cause to swell or dilate; to inflate.
- I puff the prostitute away.
- a bladder puffed with air
To inflate with pride, flattery, self-esteem, etc.; often with up .
- the sea puffed up with winds
To praise with exaggeration; to flatter; to call public attention to by praises; to praise unduly.
- puffed up with military success
- puffed with wonderful skill
* puff up
* puff out
Anything light, soft or fuzzy, especially fur, hair, feathers.
Anything inconsequential or superficial.
Lapse, especially a mistake in an actor’s lines.
(label) marshmallow creme
(label) A passive partner in a lesbian relationship.
(Australia, euphemistic) A fart.
* fuzz, puff
* (anything inconsequential or superficial) BS, cruft, hype, all talk
* (a lapse) blooper, blunder, boo-boo, defect, error, fault, faux pas, gaffe, lapse, mistake, slip, stumble, thinko
* (passive in a lesbian relationship) ruffle
* See also
To make something fluffy.
To become fluffy.
(transitive, intransitive, of an actor or announcer) To make a mistake in one’s lines
To do incorrectly, for example mishit, miskick, miscue etc.
- The cat fluffed its tail.
, date=June 19
, author=Phil McNulty
, title=England 1-0 Ukraine
, work=BBC Sport
, passage=Either side of Rooney's fluffed
chance, it was a tale of Ukrainian domination as they attacked England down both flanks and showed the greater fluidity of the teams.}}
(intransitive, Australia, euphemistic) To fart.