1 a short quick draught, gust, or emission, as of wind, smoke, air, etc., esp. a forceful one
2 the amount of wind, smoke, etc., released in a puff
3 the sound made by or associated with a puff
4 an instance of inhaling and expelling the breath as in smoking
6 a light aerated pastry usually filled with cream, jam, etc.
8 exaggerated praise, as of a book, product, etc., esp. through an advertisement
9 a piece of clothing fabric gathered up so as to bulge in the centre while being held together at the edges
10 a loose piece of hair wound into a cylindrical roll, usually over a pad, and pinned in place in a coiffure
11 a less common word for →
12 one's breath (esp. in the phrase out of puff)
13 Derogatory slang a male homosexual
14 a dialect word for →
15 to blow or breathe or cause to blow or breathe in short quick draughts or blasts
16 tr; often foll by: out; usually passive to cause to be out of breath
17 to take puffs or draws at (a cigarette, cigar, or pipe)
18 to move with or by the emission of puffs
the steam train puffed up the incline
19 often foll by: up, out, etc. to swell, as with air, pride, etc.
20 tr to praise with exaggerated empty words, often in advertising
21 tr to apply (cosmetic powder) from a powder puff to (the face)
22 (Auctioneering) to increase the price of (a lot) artificially by having an accomplice make false bids (Old English pyffan; related to Dutch German puffen, Swiss pfuffen, Norwegian puffa, all of imitative origin)
1 a shell of light pastry with a custard or cream filling
2 Informal an effeminate man
n (in eastern cookery) a type of pie or pasty consisting of a pastry case containing curried meat and vegetables
n a soft pad or ball of fluffy material used for applying cosmetic powder to the skin
1 a large venomous African viper, Bitis arietans, that is yellowish-grey with brown markings and inflates its body when alarmed
2 another name for →
puff pastry , (U.S.) puff paste
n a dough rolled in thin layers incorporating fat to make a rich flaky pastry for pies, rich pastries, etc.
n (Brit) a children's name for a steam locomotive or railway train
rough puff pastry
n a rich flaky pastry made with butter and used for pie-crusts, flans, etc.