- 1[intransitive, transitive] to smoke a cigarette, pipe, etc. puff (at/on something) He puffed (away) on his pipe. puff something I sat puffing my cigar.
- 2[transitive, intransitive] to make smoke or steam blow out in clouds; to blow out in clouds puff something (out) Chimneys were puffing out clouds of smoke. puff (out) Steam puffed out.
- 3[intransitive, transitive] (+ speech) (informal) to breathe loudly and quickly, especially after you have been running synonym gasp I was starting to puff a little from the climb. see also puffed, puffed out
- 4[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move in a particular direction, sending out small clouds of smoke or steam The train puffed into the station. Word Origin Middle English: imitative of the sound of a breath, perhaps from Old English pyf (noun), pyffan (verb).Extra examples Far behind us, puffing and blowing, came Matt. He came puffing up the hill. He puffed away at his cigar. My father sat puffing contentedly on his pipe. She puffed and panted behind the others. She puffed furiously at her cigarette. She was puffing quite hard by the time she reached the office. She was still puffing from the climb. He hurried down the street, huffing and puffing.Idioms to be too full of pride, etc. He felt grown-up, puffed up with self-importance. See related entries: Proud
- 1to breathe in a noisy way because you are very tired Jack was huffing and puffing to keep up with her.
- 2to make it obvious that you are annoyed about something without doing anything to change the situation After much huffing and puffing, she finally agreed to help. More Like This Rhyming pairs in idioms doom and gloom, fair and square, high and dry, huff and puff, name and shame, slice and dice, thrills and spills, wear and tear, wheel and deal, wine and dineSee worksheet. See related entries: Anger
BrE BrE//pʌf//; NAmE NAmE//pʌf//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they puff
BrE BrE//pʌf//; NAmE NAmE//pʌf//he / she / it puffs
BrE BrE//pʌfs//; NAmE NAmE//pʌfs//past simple puffed
BrE BrE//pʌft//; NAmE NAmE//pʌft//past participle puffed
BrE BrE//pʌft//; NAmE NAmE//pʌft//-ing form puffing
BrE BrE//ˈpʌfɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈpʌfɪŋ//