Definition of puff verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    puff

     verb
    verb
    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//
     
     
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  1. 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. 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. 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. 4[intransitive] + adv./prep. to move in a particular direction, sending out small clouds of smoke or steam The train puffed into the station.
  5. 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
    be puffed up with pride, etc.
     
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    to be too full of pride, etc. He felt grown-up, puffed up with self-importance. See related entries: Proud
      huff and puff(informal)
       
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    1. 1to breathe in a noisy way because you are very tired Jack was huffing and puffing to keep up with her.
    2. 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
    puff and pant(also puff and blow informal)
     
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    to breathe quickly and loudly through your mouth after physical effort Eventually, puffing and panting, he arrived at the gate. More Like This Alliteration in idioms belt and braces, black and blue, born and bred, chalk and cheese, chop and change, done and dusted, down and dirty, in dribs and drabs, eat somebody out of house and home, facts and figures, fast and furious, first and foremost, forgive and forget, hale and hearty, hem and haw, kith and kin, mix and match, part and parcel, puff and pant, to rack and ruin, rant and rave, risk life and limb, short and sweet, signed and sealed, spic and span, through thick and thin, this and that, top and tail, tried and tested, wax and waneSee worksheet.
    Phrasal Verbspuff somethingoutpuff up
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: puff