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puffer (plural puffers)

  1. Someone or something that puffs.
  2. Any of several poisonous fish, of the family Tetraodontidae, which have the ability to puff themselves up when in danger.
  3. (slang) A car left idling to warm up, emitting steam from the rear.
  4. (cellular automata) A finite pattern that moves like a spaceship but leaves a trail of debris.
  5. A manually-operated inhaler.
  6. (childish) A train; a locomotive.
  7. (dated, slang) One who is employed by the owner or seller of goods sold at auction to bid up the price; a by-bidder.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Bouvier to this entry?)
  8. The common, or harbour, porpoise.
  9. A kier used in dyeing.
  10. (glassblowing) A soffietta.

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  • 'puffer (slang), The Official Dictionary of Unofficial English: A Crunk Omnibus, by Grant Barrett, McGraw-Hill Professional, 2006, p. 273. [1]