• WordNet 3.6
    • n puffiness lack of elegance as a consequence of being pompous and puffed up with vanity
    • n puffiness an abnormal protuberance or localized enlargement
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
  • Interesting fact: Rap artist Sean "Puffy" Combs had his first job at age two when he modeled in an ad for Baskin-Robbins ice-cream shops.
    • n Puffiness The quality or state of being puffy.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n puffiness A puffy or turgid character or state.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • ns Puffiness state of being puffy or turgid: intumescence
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Imit.; cf. Ger. puffen, &c.


In literature:

Puffy squalls, bearing dashes of snow, sleet or rain, came threshing out of the west.
"Boy Scouts in the North Sea" by G. Harvey Ralphson
I say, Puffie, here's a letter with no address on it.
"Miss Mapp" by Edward Frederic Benson
Then Mrs. Horton went down to Harriet's kitchen to make puffy white biscuits for lunch and Aunt Bessie went off to give a music lesson.
"Sunny Boy in the Country" by Ramy Allison White
The puffiness that had been in the back of his neck extended entirely around his throat.
"No Clue" by James Hay
Angry, white puffy swellings showed where each sting had exacted toll.
"Rainbow Hill" by Josephine Lawrence
His cheeks were puffy, and his eyes blood-shot.
"Anna the Adventuress" by E. Phillips Oppenheim
In face of his pink puffiness she gave it up.
"Free Air" by Sinclair Lewis
He gave me, accordingly, three great puffy rolls.
"Stories of Authors, British and American" by Edwin Watts Chubb
And his eyes are so puffy underneath, lately.
"The Ranch at the Wolverine" by B. M. Bower
Her face was puffy and creased with deep wrinkles.
"The Saracen: The Holy War" by Robert Shea

In poetry:

Don't cry, do not purse your lips up,
They're puffy as it is, dear.
Mind you don't break the drying scab
Of smouldering spring fever.
"Confession" by Boris Pasternak
There was a ridiculous Rat
Who was awfully puffy and fat.
"I'll carry," he said,
"This plate on my head,
'Twill answer in place of a hat."
"The Erratic Rat" by Carolyn Wells
The phantom said, "You'll have all this,
You'll know no kind of huffiness,
Your life will be one chubby bliss,
One long unruffled puffiness!"
"Bob Polter" by William Schwenck Gilbert
Then we'll close in
on those puffy eyes.
And a really large close-up
of twitching lips.
(Let's hope this is suggestive of the suffering of the handicapped).
"The Handicapped on Camera (Kaimare Mein Apahij)" by Raghuvir Sahay

In news:

Lara Flynn Boyle Steps Out with Puffy , Swollen Face.
The Man Behind the Puffy Purple Coat.
If there is one winter trend that has swept the country by storm from Manhattan fashionistas to Southern Cal beach bunnies, it is the puffy coat.
I don't mean the older version "Michelin Man" puffy coats.
How to Get Rid of Puffy Eyes.
Pairpoint Puffy Boudoir Lamp, ca 1920 PBS.
Shrimp and sole embedded in a puffy batter at El Paraiso in Lakewood.
Jil Sander's Spring Uniqlo Line Includes Pastel-Hued Puffy Vests.
Chocolate chip cookies, thin or puffy .
Mark Duplass in The Puffy Chair.
The Puffy Chair Directed by Jay Duplass Roadside Attractions, opens August 4, Angelika.
Stratocumulus clouds are low, puffy and gray that usually form in rows.
Tales of untimely deaths are inevitably heart-wrenching, but throw in a baby and a video camera, and our eyes will be puffy for weeks.
Puffy' shades bring in the highest prices.
Throughout the ages, humanity has been fascinated with those white puffy balls in the sky.

In science:

Flat bulgeless and superthin galaxies are part of the class of simple disk galaxies, which ranges from thin, late-type galaxies of morphological Hubble class ∼Scd and later without a bulge component2 to the thicker, puffy disks of bulgeless irregular disks.
The Edge-On Perspective of Bulgeless, Simple Disk Galaxies
However, the difference between flat disks and puffy irregulars is not understood in detail, considering that Irr(f ) ob jects and flat disks can have similar values of their rotational velocity (Fig. 3).
The Edge-On Perspective of Bulgeless, Simple Disk Galaxies
The second is the “puffy disk” where the neutrino tra jectories begin at the surface of last scattering.
Neutrino Spectra from Accretion Disks: Neutrino General Relativistic Effects and the Consequences for Nucleosynthesis
As can be seen from Figure 15, the behavior trend seen in the “flat disk” approximation has been accentuated in the “puffy disk” scenario.
Neutrino Spectra from Accretion Disks: Neutrino General Relativistic Effects and the Consequences for Nucleosynthesis
We found that the difference on the neutrino spectra above the disk was considerable, with the “puffy disk” scenario resulting in a lower energy flux that the “flat disk” scenario as calculated at the same point above the disk.
Neutrino Spectra from Accretion Disks: Neutrino General Relativistic Effects and the Consequences for Nucleosynthesis