American English

Definition of puff verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they puff
    he / she / it puffs
    past simple puffed
    -ing form puffing
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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.
  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. 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.
      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.
    puff and pant (informal puff and blow)
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    to breathe quickly and loudly through your mouth after physical effort Eventually, puffing and panting, he arrived at the gate.
    Phrasal Verbspuff somethingoutpuff up
See the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary entry: puff