- [[t]pʌf[/t]]n.1) a short, quick blast or emission of air, smoke, vapor, etc2) a small emission of vapor, smoke, etc3) the sound of an emission of vapor, smoke, etc4) cvb an act of inhaling and exhaling, as on a cigarette or pipe; whiff5) an inflated or distended part of a thing; swelling; protuberance6) coo a ball of light pastry baked and filled with whipped cream, jam, etc7) clo a portion of material gathered and held down at the edges but left full in the middle, as on a sleeve8) clo a cylindrical roll of hair9) clo tex a quilted bed covering, usu. filled with down10) a commendation, esp. an exaggerated one, of a book, an actor's performance, etc11) clopowder puff12) cvb a ball or pad of soft material13) to blow with short, quick blasts, as the wind14) to be emitted in a puff15) to emit a puff or puffs of air; breathe quick and hard16) to emit puffs of vapor or smoke17) to go or move with puffing or puffs:The train puffed into the station[/ex]18) to take puffs at a cigar, cigarette, etc19) to become inflated or distended (usu. fol. by up)20) to send forth (air, vapor, etc.) in short, quick blasts21) to drive or impel by puffing, or with a short, quick blast22) to smoke (a cigar, cigarette, etc.)23) to inflate or distend, esp. with air24) cvb to make fluffy; fluff (often fol. by up):to puff up a pillow[/ex]25) to inflate with pride, vanity, etc. (often fol. by up):Their applause puffed him up[/ex]26) to praise unduly27) clo to arrange in puffs, as the hair•Etymology: 1175–1225; (v.) ME puffen (cf. MD puffen, LG pof, puf); (n.) ME puf, puffe; of imit. orig. puff′y, adj. puff•i•er, puff•i•est. puff′i•ly, adv. puff′i•ness, n.
From formal English to slang. 2014.