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See also: Puff
- (countable) A sharp exhalation of a small amount of breath through the mouth.
- (uncountable) The ability to breathe easily while exerting oneself.
- Synonym: wind
- out of puff
- (countable) A small quantity of gas or smoke in the air.
- puff of smoke
- (countable) A sudden but small gust of wind, smoke, etc.
- (informal, countable) An act of inhaling smoke from a cigarette, cigar or pipe.
- Synonym: drag
- 1978, Richard Nixon, “The Presidency 1969-1972”, in RN: the Memoirs of Richard Nixon, Grosset & Dunlap, →ISBN, →LCCN, →OCLC, →OL, page 572:
- When I went to bed that night I found that I could not get to sleep. At five o'clock I got up and took a hot bath. I climbed back into bed and lighted one of the Chinese-made "Great Wall" cigars my hosts had thoughtfully provided, and sat puffing on the cigar and making notes about the events of the momentous week.
- (uncountable, slang) The drug cannabis.
- Synonyms: see Thesaurus:marijuana
- (countable) A flamboyant or alluring statement of praise.
- 1902, Robert Marshall Grade, The Haunted Major:
- […] though I care not one straw for the personal puffs of which I myself am so often the subject […]
- A portion of fabric gathered up so as to be left full in the middle.
- a sleeve with a puff at the shoulder
- (countable) A light cake filled with cream, cream cheese, etc.
- A puffball.
- A powder puff.
- (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:
- 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?
- 1848, Mrs. White, “Puffs and Puffing”, in Sharpe's London Magazine:
- 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.
- 2008, David Paton-Williamspage, Katterfelto, page xii:
- He was the eighteenth century king of spin, or, in the language of the day, the "prince of puff".
- (genetics) A region of a chromosome exhibiting a local increase in diameter.
- (slang, dated, UK) Life.
- 1938, P. G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters:
- Did you ever in your puff see such a perfect perisher?
- (derogatory, slang, Britain, particularly northern UK) Synonym of : a male homosexual, especially an effeminate one.
sharp exhalation of a small amount of breath through the mouth
ability to breathe easily while exerting oneself
small quantity of gas or smoke in the air
informal: act of inhaling smoke from a cigarette, cigar or pipe
powder puff — see powder puff
type of cake
homosexual — see poof
- (intransitive) To emit smoke, gas, etc., in puffs.
- 1950 January, David L. Smith, “A Runaway at Beattock”, in Railway Magazine, page 53:
- Still on the down line, the engine puffed away to the South, and in a few moments had disappeared in the darkness!
- (intransitive) To pant.
- 1692, Roger L’Estrange, “ (please specify the fable number.) (please specify the name of the fable.)”, in Fables, of Æsop and Other Eminent Mythologists: […], London: […] R[ichard] Sare, […], →OCLC:
- By and by comes the ass back again, Puffing and Blowing, from the Chase.
- 1918 September–November, Edgar Rice Burroughs, “The Land That Time Forgot”, in The Blue Book Magazine, Chicago, Ill.: Story-press Corp., →OCLC; republished as chapter VI, in Hugo Gernsback, editor, Amazing Stories, (please specify |part=I, II, or III), New York, N.Y.: Experimenter Publishing, 1927, →OCLC:
- 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.
- (transitive, archaic) To advertise.
- To blow as an expression of scorn.
- To swell with air; to be dilated or inflated.
- 1690, Robert Boyle, The Christian Virtuoso:
- 'tis easy for a man to have a great opinion of his own knowledge , and be puff'd up by it
- To breathe in a swelling, inflated, or pompous manner; hence, to assume importance.
- 1633, George Herbert, The Quip:
- Then came brave Glory puffing by.
- To drive with a puff, or with puffs.
- To repel with words; to blow at contemptuously.
- 1685, John Dryden, The Twenty-Ninth Ode of the First Book of Horace:
- I puff the prostitute away.
- To cause to swell or dilate; to inflate.
- a bladder puffed with air
- To inflate with pride, flattery, self-esteem, etc.; often with up.
- 1881, Benjamin Jowett, Thucydides Translated into English:
- puffed up with military success
- To praise with exaggeration; to flatter; to call public attention to by praises; to praise unduly.
to emit smoke, gas, etc., in puffs
pant — see pant
- poof (deflating object or a magical disappearance)
puff (plural puffok)
- pouf, puff, pouffe (a backless, rounded, cushioned low stool)
- (dressmaking) pouf (on the upper part of the sleeves)
- puff, powder puff (a pad of soft material used for the application of cosmetic powder to the face)
|Inflection (stem in -o-, back harmony)|
possessive - singular
possessive - plural
|Possessive forms of puff|
|possessor||single possession||multiple possessions|
|1st person sing.||puffom||puffjaim|
|2nd person sing.||puffod||puffjaid|
|3rd person sing.||puffja||puffjai|
|1st person plural||puffunk||puffjaink|
|2nd person plural||puffotok||puffjaitok|
|3rd person plural||puffjuk||puffjaik|
- ^ Tótfalusi, István. Idegenszó-tár: Idegen szavak értelmező és etimológiai szótára (’A Storehouse of Foreign Words: an explanatory and etymological dictionary of foreign words’). Budapest: Tinta Könyvkiadó, 2005. →ISBN
- ^ puff in Zaicz, Gábor (ed.). Etimológiai szótár: Magyar szavak és toldalékok eredete (‘Dictionary of Etymology: The origin of Hungarian words and affixes’). Budapest: Tinta Könyvkiadó, 2006, →ISBN. (See also its 2nd edition.)
- (pouf, puff, pouffe): puff in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh. A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (‘The Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’, abbr.: ÉrtSz.). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962. Fifth ed., 1992: →ISBN
- (bang): puff in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh. A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (‘The Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’, abbr.: ÉrtSz.). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962. Fifth ed., 1992: →ISBN