puff

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • adj puff gathered for protruding fullness "puff sleeves"
    • v puff breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted "The runners reached the finish line, panting heavily"
    • v puff blow hard and loudly "he huffed and puffed as he made his way up the mountain"
    • v puff to swell or cause to enlarge, "Her faced puffed up from the drugs" "puffed out chests"
    • v puff speak in a blustering or scornful manner "A puffing kind of man"
    • v puff praise extravagantly "The critics puffed up this Broadway production"
    • v puff smoke and exhale strongly "puff a cigar","whiff a pipe"
    • v puff suck in or take (air) "draw a deep breath","draw on a cigarette"
    • v puff make proud or conceited "The sudden fame puffed her ego"
    • n 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"
    • n 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"
    • n puff thick cushion used as a seat
    • n puff a soft spherical object made from fluffy fibers; for applying powder to the skin
    • n puff bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together
    • n puff exaggerated praise (as for promotional purposes)
    • n puff a light inflated pastry or puff shell
    • n puff a short light gust of air
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Little Jackie Paper was the name of Puff the Magic Dragon's human friend.
    • Puff A sudden and single emission of breath from the mouth; hence, any sudden or short blast of wind; a slight gust; a whiff. "To every puff of wind a slave."
    • Puff An exaggerated or empty expression of praise, especially one in a public journal.
    • Puff Anything light and filled with air. Specifically: A puffball. kind of light pastry. A utensil of the toilet for dusting the skin or hair with powder.
    • a Puff Puffed up; vain.
    • Puff To blow in puffs, or with short and sudden whiffs.
    • Puff To blow, as an expression of scorn; -- with at. "It is really to defy Heaven to puff at damnation."
    • Puff To breathe in a swelling, inflated, or pompous manner; hence, to assume importance. "Then came brave Glory puffing by."
    • Puff To breathe quick and hard, or with puffs, as after violent exertion. "The ass comes back again, puffing and blowing, from the chase."
    • Puff To cause to swell or dilate; to inflate; to ruffle with puffs; -- often with up; as, a bladder puffed with air. "The sea puffed up with winds."
    • Puff To drive with a puff, or with puffs. "The clearing north will puff the clouds away."
    • Puff To inflate with pride, flattery, self-esteem, or the like; -- often with up. "Puffed up with military success."
    • Puff To praise with exaggeration; to flatter; to call public attention to by praises; to praise unduly.
    • Puff To repel with words; to blow at contemptuously. "I puff the prostitute away."
    • Puff To swell with air; to be dilated or inflated.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • puff To blow with quick, intermittent blasts; emit a whiff, as of wind, air, or smoke.
    • puff To blow, as an expression of scorn or contempt; snort; sneer.
    • puff To breathe with agitation, as after violent exertion.
    • puff To act or move with flurry and a swelling, bustling appearance; assume importance.
    • puff To blow; send forth in quick short blasts or whiffs; drive with a blast.
    • puff To draw smoke through, or send out smoke from.
    • puff To fill, inflate, or expand with breath or air, and figuratively with pride, vanity, conceit, etc.; swell: frequently with up: as, puffed up with success; puffed with ambition.
    • puff To praise with exaggeration; give undue or servile praise to.
    • n puff A sharp, forcible blast; a whiff; a sudden emission, as of air from the mouth, or smoke from the stack of an engine; also, as much as is suddenly so emitted at one time.
    • n puff A puffball.
    • n puff An inflated, swollen, light, fluffy, or porous thing or part. In dressmaking, a strip of some fabric gathered and sewed down on both edges, but left full in the middle.
    • n puff A light, porous, spongy, or friable cake, generally filled with preserve or the like: as, cream-puffs; jam-puffs.
    • n puff An implement consisting of swan's down or a wad of flossy or loose texture, used for applying powder to the hair or skin. See powderpuff.
    • n puff Exaggerated or undue praise uttered or written from an interested point of view; especially, a written commendation of a book, an actor's or a singer's performance, a tradesman's goods, or the like.
    • n puff One who is puffed up; an inflated, conceited person.
    • n puff One who writes puffs.
    • n puff A small vessel with minute openings for scattering liquid perfumes.
    • puff An exclamation of contempt or impatience.
    • puff In botany, to discharge suddenly a clond of spores, as frequently occurs in certain fungi.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • v.i Puff puf to blow in puffs or whiffs: to swell or fill with air: to breathe with vehemence: to blow at, in contempt: to bustle about
    • v.t Puff to drive with a puff: to swell with a wind: to praise in exaggerated terms
    • n Puff a sudden, forcible breath: a sudden blast of wind: a gust or whiff: a fungus ball containing dust: anything light and porous, or swollen and light: a kind of light pastry: a part of a fabric gathered up so as to be left full in the middle: a light ball or pad for dusting powder on the skin, &c.: an exaggerated expression of praise
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Quotations

  • Claiborne Pell
    Claiborne Pell
    “My opponent called me a cream puff. Well, I rushed out and got the baker's union to endorse me.”
  • Source Unknown
    Source Unknown
    “A fault that humbles a man is of greater value than a virtue that puffs him up.”
  • Saying
    Saying
    “Knowledge, humbles a great person, astonishes the common, and puffs up the small.”

Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Akin to G. puffen, to pop, buffet, puff, D. poffen, to pop, puffen, to blow, Sw. puffa, to push, to cuff, Dan. puffe, to pop, thump. See Puff (n.)

Usage

In literature:

Suddenly a great puff of wind came and carried Raggedy Ann streaming 'way out behind the kite!
"Raggedy Ann Stories" by Johnny Gruelle
Butter a pie dish, line the edges with puff paste and put in the mixture, placing puff paste over the top.
"Good Things to Eat as Suggested by Rufus" by Rufus Estes
De nightgown wuz made out of white bleachin' an' had lots of tucks an' ruffles an' it even had puff sleeves.
"Slave Narratives: A Folk History of Slavery in the United States From Interviews with Former Slaves" by Work Projects Administration
I struck a match, relighted my cigarette, and took one puff.
"Police!!!" by Robert W. Chambers
He captured a second, which was worked delicately within reach by coy puffs of steering-rocket vapor.
"Space Tug" by Murray Leinster
My cue's to vanish in a puff of smoke And reek of brimstone, like the witch I am.
"Krindlesyke" by Wilfrid Wilson Gibson
He stared for a moment at the puff of smoke rising from the bushes, his faculties in a daze.
"The Sun Of Quebec" by Joseph A. Altsheler
Three similar puffs showed along the face of the stockade.
"The Settling of the Sage" by Hal G. Evarts
I'm (puff) all (puff) in!
"Andy at Yale" by Roy Eliot Stokes
The cloud puffs were hovering about a hundred feet overhead a little farther down the way.
"Golden Lads" by Arthur Gleason and Helen Hayes Gleason
Each puff may give everlasting liberty to some dead and gone aboriginal.
"The Wit and Humor of America, Volume VII. (of X.)" by Various
Besides, a puff of wind dispersed the fog for a few seconds just then, and the shadowy silhouettes of several large ships became visible.
"Banzai!" by Ferdinand Heinrich Grautoff
We went there for flowers; we went there for mushrooms and puff-balls; we went there to hear the nightingale.
"Mary's Meadow" by Juliana Horatia Ewing
A good pumpkin pie will puff up lightly when done.
"Vaughan's Vegetable Cook Book (4th edition)" by Anonymous
The puff-adder is of a uniform brown colour, checked with bars of darker brown and white.
"Chatterbox, 1905." by Various
A vapor, a strange puff of smokiness exploded from it, and disappeared instantly.
"Invaders from the Infinite" by John Wood Campbell
The sachem, when he had heard their woes, said two words between puffs of his pipe that cleared all the shadows away.
"Children of the Tenements" by Jacob A. Riis
Two PUFFS, who have money given them to decoy others to play.
"Curiosities of Literature, Vol. 1 (of 3)" by Isaac D'Israeli
Angus made no rejoinder for a few minutes, but continued to puff great clouds with considerable emphasis from his compressed lips.
"The Red Man's Revenge" by R.M. Ballantyne
This being an impertinent question, Miss Puff blushed, and made no reply.
"Shifting Winds" by R.M. Ballantyne
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In poetry:

Burrow amain;
Dig like a mole;
Fill every vein
With half-burnt coal;
Puff the keen dust about,
And all to choke me out.
"The Asthmatic To The Satan That Binds Him" by George MacDonald
False are the men of high degree,
The baser sort are vanity;
Laid in the balance, both appear
Light as a puff of empty air.
"Psalm 62" by Isaac Watts
And right in line that puff of smoke
That every moment comes,
Is Bankhead, where, in ceaseless yoke,
The engine clanks and hums.
"A Walk To Pamphy Linns" by Alexander Anderson
Of that vain stuff the world calls fame
I've had I think my ample share.
At best 'tis but a sounding name
An idle puff of empty air.
"To Miss Mary Bain" by David John Scott
A little puff of breath, we find,
Small fires can quench and kill;
But, when they're great, the adverse wind
Does make them greater still.
"Cousel" by Abraham Cowley
I gaze on every feature
The satin cheeks, the eyes -
I cannot see the real creature,
But many beauties rise -
The forehead white and fair,
The puffs of golden hair.
"The Daguerreotype" by Aaron Southwick

In news:

The dough soon will begin to puff and bubble.
Put puff pastry center stage with these easy dessert ideas.
And the new mum happily took one puff , and one puff only.
"We've run a campaign like nobody's ever seen," he says before taking a puff .
And further complicating matters, smoking is not banned on state park property — meaning that tobacco users can puff away at East River State Park and Brooklyn Bridge Park if the urge arises.
Patagonia's Nano Puff Pullover .
Like the Nano Puff Pullover (pictured).
But CEO Andy Taylor feared it all could vanish in a puff of CO2.
I'm trying not to put up puff posts for every bit of publicity that the BRatGGC* gets, but I can't resist two items.
YouTubeToday, on Valentine's Day, we had our qualifiers show up at the studios for Diamond in the Puff.
Arlington wins Stilly Puff Cup SLIDESHOW.
1 sheet puff pastry (15" x 10")8 oz.
Branstad's motives needs a 'puff of ammonia .
Savory puffs of dough are flecked with scallion, parsley and lemon zest for an.
Frozen puff pastry is a handy shortcut for appetizers during the holidays and beyond.
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In science:

They assume that the AGN feedback which expels gas from the central regions produces a sudden reduction of mass in the core, as a result of which the stellar distribution puffs-up.
Evolution in the structural properties of early-type Brightest Cluster Galaxies at small lookback time and dependence on the environment
The sudden reduction of mass in the core makes the surrounding stellar distribution puff up, after which the ob jects settle down to new (larger) sizes.
Evolution in the structural properties of early-type Brightest Cluster Galaxies at small lookback time and dependence on the environment
The effect of this was to puff up the disk, causing fragmentation to occur at a slightly larger distance from the initial protostar.
The First Stars
When a real star slowly changes its effective gravity acceleration to zero during evolution the atmosphere puffs up, thereby decreasing the opacity to the classic electron scattering value.
Two Decades of Hypergiant Research
Any additional frontal illumination of the inner edge of the optically-thick disk at 4 AU by FUV and X-ray photons may provide an additional heating source that could help puff up the disk or help launch the photoevaporative flow.
High-resolution Spectroscopy of [Ne II] Emission from TW Hya
H-mode power threshold is lower than when the gas puff is from the low magnetic field side.
Mini-conference on angular momentum transport in laboratory and nature
Each puff was 0.5 long [4, 20] (the gray area corresponds to the opening time of the valve delivering the odor).
On Goodness of Fit Tests For Models of Neuronal Spike Trains Considered as Counting Processes
In turn, the MW tidal field puffs up the LMC.
The Galactic Halo: Conference Summary
In turn, the MW tidal field puffs up the LMC, generating a stellar halo which might contribute significantly to the microlensing event rate (Weinberg, Olszewski).
The Third Stromlo Symposium - The Galactic Halo: Bright Stars and Dark Matter
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