puff


puff
puff1 [ pʌf ] verb
1. ) intransitive or transitive to smoke a cigarette, pipe, etc.:
puff on/at: Grandad sat in the corner and puffed on his pipe.
2. ) intransitive to breathe or blow out air noisily, especially because you have been running, climbing, etc.:
He was puffing when he reached the top.
huff and puff: I could hear Mrs. Mancini huffing and puffing behind me.
a ) to move while making a sound like someone breathing noisily:
puff along/up/down etc.: The little train puffed along.
,puff `out phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive or transitive if air or smoke puffs out, or you puff it out, you blow it out with a short breath:
He puffed out a cloud of smoke from his cigar.
2. ) transitive if you puff out your cheeks or your chest, you fill them with air so that they look bigger
,puff `up phrasal verb
1. ) intransitive or transitive if something puffs up or you puff it up, it looks bigger, usually because it has air in it:
When the cookies puff up and turn brown they are ready.
2. ) intransitive to swell because of an injury or illness:
The next day his face had really puffed up.
puff
puff 2 [ pʌf ] noun count
1. ) the action of breathing in smoke from a cigarette, pipe, etc.:
She put the cigarette out after a few puffs.
2. ) the action of blowing or breathing out air so that it makes a sound:
Her breath came in short painful puffs.
a ) a sound like someone doing this:
the puff, puff of the old steam engine
3. ) puff of a small amount of smoke, wind, or air that comes and goes quickly:
There was a small bang, and then a puff of blue smoke.

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