Crossword clues for puff
- A slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke)
- A fluffy pad for applying powder to the skin
- Bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together
- A short light gust of air
- Exaggerated praise (as for promotional purposes)
- Pastry shell
- Word with cream or powder
- Variety of pastry
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
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Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
c.1200, perhaps Old English, puf, puffe "short, quick blast; act of puffing," from puff (v.). Meaning "type of light pastry" is recorded from late 14c.; that of "small pad for applying powder to skin or hair" is from 1650s. Figurative sense of "flattery, inflated praise" is first recorded 1732. Derogatory use for "homosexual male" is recorded by 1902.
Old English pyffan "to blow with the mouth," of imitative origin. Meaning "pant, breathe hard and fast" is from late 14c. Used of small swellings and round protuberances since 1530s. Transitive figurative sense of "exalt" is from 1530s; shading by early 18c. into meaning "praise with self-interest." Related: Puffed; puffing.
n. 1 (context countable English) A sharp exhalation of a small amount of breath through the mouth. 2 (context uncountable English) The ability to breathe easily while exerting oneself. 3 (context countable English) A small quantity of gas or smoke in the air. 4 (context informal countable English) An act of inhale smoke from a cigarette, cigar or pipe. 5 (context countable English) A flamboyant or alluring statement about an object's quality. 6 (context dated slang English) 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. 7 A puffball. 8 A powder puff. 9 (context uncountable slang English) The drug cannabis. 10 (context countable English) A light cake filled with cream, cream cheese, etc. 11 (context derogatory slang British particularly northern UK English) a homosexual; a poof 12 (context slang dated UK English) life vb. 1 (context intransitive English) To emit smoke, gas, etc., in puffs. 2 (context intransitive English) To pant. 3 (context transitive archaic English) To advertise. 4 To blow as an expression of scorn. 5 To swell with air; to be dilated or inflated. 6 To breathe in a swelling, inflated, or pompous manner; hence, to assume importance. 7 To drive with a puff, or with puffs. 8 To repel with words; to blow at contemptuously. 9 To cause to swell or dilate; to inflate. 10 To inflate with pride, flattery, self-esteem, etc.; often with ''up''. 11 To praise with exaggeration; to flatter; to call public attention to by praises; to praise unduly.
adj. gathered for protruding fullness; "puff sleeves" [syn: puffed]
a light inflated pastry or puff shell
exaggerated praise (as for promotional purposes)
a soft spherical object made from fluffy fibers; for applying powder to the skin [syn: powderpuff]
forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth; "he gave his nose a loud blow"; "he blew out all the candles with a single puff" [syn: blow]
v. smoke and exhale strongly; "puff a cigar"; "whiff a pipe" [syn: whiff]
make proud or conceited; "The sudden fame puffed her ego"
praise extravagantly; "The critics puffed up this Broadway production" [syn: puff up]
speak in a blustering or scornful manner; "A puffing kind of man"
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Usage examples of "puff".
The signal gun aboard Endymion sent out a puff of smoke and a series of flags broke out at the mast-head.
But the storm came up sharper than ever that evening, and even had he wished to, Roy would have found it impossible to handle the aeroplane alone in the heavy wind that came now in puffs and now in a steady gale.
A single faint whiff of this, borne to Donald, on a puff of the night wind, gave him the very knowledge he wanted, and he at once began to move with the same caution that he had observed on the previous evening while creeping up to the fire-lighted circles of the victorious Wyandots.
Oncus sat cross-legged on the main deck under the awning, between Yama and Captain Lorquital, who lay on her side, propped by bolsters and puffing calmly on her pipe.
They cum in krowds to my Show and then axt me ten sents a lines for Puffs.
Its rear exuded puffs of white, and the craft began to drop more rapidly, more confidently, toward the world below, a world of all adamantine blue-white, a great azurite globe laced with a delicate matrix of cloud.
Ralph Bales let the word float through the room like a puff of cigarette smoke.
There, in that moribund, ancient town, wrapped in its siesta, flagellated with heat, deserted, ignored, baking in a noon-day silence, these two strange men, the one a poet by nature, the other by training, both out of tune with their world, dreamers, introspective, morbid, lost and unfamiliar at that end-of-the-century time, searching for a sign, groping and baffled amidst the perplexing obscurity of the Delusion, sat over empty wine glasses, silent with the pervading silence that surrounded them, hearing only the cooing of doves and the drone of bees, the quiet so profound, that at length they could plainly distinguish at intervals the puffing and coughing of a locomotive switching cars in the station yard of Bonneville.
There was old Bick cursing for all he was worth, and a little red-faced buffer puffing out his cheeks in an armchair.
I told him about the gardener and the Black and Tans and the bogmen and their bony arses and being locked in the boilerhouse and puffing fags and talking to the saints and St Teresa.
Came clanks, rattles, splashes, yells, puffing of steam, creaking turns of the windlass, and a frenzy of running around, and a great cadenza of obscenity.
But he had scarcely emitted three puffs before the piping voice of Arabella Cadge was again wafted to his ears.
Ridiculous rumors whispered across a café table and set adrift in the clouded brain of a Turkish policeman lazily puffing hashish, dimly trying to focus his eyes on the crotch of a serving-boy across the way.
Two wings extended out toward the street, creating a garden-like area in the center that was planted with pink and gray caladium, banks of philodendrons and elephant ears, climbing roses, banana trees, bamboo, crepe myrtle and azaleas, whose blooms puffed in the wind and tumbled on the grass.
The hills moved slowly, filling the evening air with explosive hisses and puffs, the exhalations of a colossal cetacean calliope.