puffing

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English[edit]

Verb[edit]

puffing

  1. Present participle of puff.
  2. (US) Leaving a car engine running unattended, especially in cold weather to warm it up.
2011 December 6, TRI-102.5 Staff, “‘Puffing’ is Illegal in Colorado (Warming Up Your Car Unattended)”, TRI-102.5:
It's called "puffing," when drivers start their car and then leave it unattended while running.

Noun[edit]

puffing (plural puffings)

  1. The act of one who puffs.
    the puffings and pantings of a man running to catch a train
  2. A puffy ornament.
    • 1825, The Ladies' Monthly Museum (volume 21, page 50)
      Evening dresses are trimmed in a variety of ways, with puffings of crape, fringes, and ornaments, of the richest patterns []
  3. (law) An opinion or judgment, often made by the seller of property to a potential buyer, that is not made as a representation of fact.