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Definition of PUFF

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Puff \Puff\, n. [Akin to G. & Sw. puff a blow, Dan. puf, D. pof; of imitative origin. Cf. {Buffet}.]
     1. A sudden and single emission of breath from the mouth; hence, any sudden or short blast of wind; a slight gust; a whiff. " To every puff of wind a slave." --Flatman. [1913 Webster]

     2. Anything light and filled with air. Specifically: (a) A puffball. (b) kind of light pastry. (c) A utensil of the toilet for dusting the skin or hair with powder. [1913 Webster]

     3. An exaggerated or empty expression of praise, especially one in a public journal. [1913 Webster]

     {Puff adder}. (Zool.)
        (a) Any South African viper belonging to {Clotho} and allied genera. They are exceedingly venomous, and have the power of greatly distending their bodies when irritated. The common puff adder ({Vipera arietans}, or {Clotho arietans}) is the largest species, becoming over four feet long. The plumed puff adder ({Clotho cornuta}) has a plumelike appendage over each eye. (b) A North American harmless snake ({Heterodon platyrrhinos}) which has the power of puffing up its body. Called also {hog-nose snake}, {flathead}, {spreading adder}, and {blowing adder}.

     {Puff bird} (Zool.), any bird of the genus {Bucco}, or family {Bucconid[ae]}. They are small birds, usually with dull-colored and loose plumage, and have twelve tail feathers. See {Barbet} (b) . [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Puff \Puff\, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Puffed} (p[u^]ft); p. pr. & vb. n. {Puffing}.] [Akin to G. puffen to pop, buffet, puff, D. poffen to pop, puffen to blow, Sw. puffa to push, to cuff, Dan. puffe to pop, thump. See {Puff}, n.]
     1. To blow in puffs, or with short and sudden whiffs. [1913 Webster]

     2. To blow, as an expression of scorn; -- with at. [1913 Webster]

              It is really to defy Heaven to puff at damnation.
                                                    --South. [1913 Webster]

     3. To breathe quick and hard, or with puffs, as after violent exertion. [1913 Webster]

              The ass comes back again, puffing and blowing, from the chase.                            --L' Estrange. [1913 Webster]

     4. To swell with air; to be dilated or inflated. --Boyle. [1913 Webster]

     5. To breathe in a swelling, inflated, or pompous manner; hence, to assume importance. [1913 Webster]

              Then came brave Glory puffing by.     --Herbert. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Puff \Puff\, v. t.
     1. To drive with a puff, or with puffs.
        [1913 Webster]

              The clearing north will puff the clouds away.
                                                    --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     2. To repel with words; to blow at contemptuously. [1913 Webster]

              I puff the prostitute away.           --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

     3. To cause to swell or dilate; to inflate; to ruffle with puffs; -- often with up; as, a bladder puffed with air. [1913 Webster]

              The sea puffed up with winds.         --Shak. [1913 Webster]

     4. To inflate with pride, flattery, self-esteem, or the like;
        -- often with up.
        [1913 Webster]

              Puffed up with military success.      --Jowett (Thucyd. ) [1913 Webster]

     5. To praise with exaggeration; to flatter; to call public attention to by praises; to praise unduly. " Puffed with wonderful skill." --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Puff \Puff\, a.
     Puffed up; vain. [R.] --Fanshawe.
     [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

Puffball \Puff"ball`\, n. (Bot.)
     A kind of ball-shaped fungus ({Lycoperdon giganteum}, and other species of the same genus) full of dustlike spores when ripe; -- called also {bullfist}, {bullfice}, {puckfist}, {puff}, and {puffin}. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48 [gcide]

puff
   vt.

      To decompress data that has been crunched by Huffman coding. At least one widely distributed Huffman decoder program was actually named ?PUFF?, but these days it is usually packaged with the encoder. Oppose {huff}, see {inflate}.


The Jargon File (version 4.4.7, 29 Dec 2003) [jargon]

449 Moby Thesaurus words for "puff":
     Aqua-Lung, Danish pastry, French pastry, PR, acknowledgment, add to, adulate, advertise, advertisement, advocate, aggrandize, amplify, apotheosize, appreciation, artificial respiration, aspiration, asthmatic wheeze, augment, back, baklava, balloon, ballyhoo, bark, base, belaud, bepraise, bill, blast, bless, blintz, bloat, bloatedness, bloating, blow, blow a hurricane, blow great guns, blow over, blow up, blowing up, blubber, blurb, bluster, boast, boast of, boost, brag, brag about, break down, breakers, breath, breath of air, breathe, breathe hard, breathe in, breathe out, breathing, breeze, breeze up, brew, bright light, broaden, broken wind, build, build up, buildup, bulk, bulk out, bulletin, burlesque, burn out, butter, capful of wind, caricature, carry too far, celebrate, celebrity, chain-smoke, chaw, chew, chewing, chocolate eclair, circularize, clay, clown white, cock-a-doodle-doo, cold cream, collapse, collar, come up, comfortable, comforter, commend, commendation, common knowledge, compact, cosmetics, cough, crack up, cream puff, crescendo, crow, cry, cry up, currency, cushion, daylight, deify, develop, diastole, dilatation, dilate, dilation, distend, distension, dough, dowdy, down, drag, draught, draw, draw the longbow, droop, drop, dropsy, drugstore complexion, eclair, eclat, edema, eiderdown, emblazon, emit, enlarge, establish, eulogize, evacuate, exaggerate, exalt, exhalation, exhale, exhaust, expand, expel, expiration, expire, exposure, exsufflation, extend, extol, eye shadow, eyebrow pencil, faint, fame, famousness, fatigue, feather bed, feathers, flag, flatter, flatulence, flatulency, flatus, fleece, floss, flourish, flue, fluff, foam, foundation, foundation cream, freshen, froth, fume, gasconade, gasp, gassiness, gather, get tired, give a write-up, give off, give out, give publicity, give vent to, glare, glorify, go to extremes, good word, greasepaint, grow weary, gulp, gust, habitual smoking, hack, hand cream, hand lotion, head, heave, hero-worship, hiccup, hike, hike up, honorable mention, hoopla, hue and cry, huff, huff and puff, hype, hyperbolize, idolize, increase, inflate, inflation, inhalation, inhalator, inhale, inhale snuff, inspiration, inspire, insufflation, intumescence, iron lung, item, jade, kapok, lather, laud, laudation, lay it on, let out, limelight, lionize, lip rouge, lipstick, magnify, make much of, makeup, mascara, maximum dissemination, mention, meringue, meteorism, mousse, mouth, mouth-to-mouth resuscitation, mudpack, nail polish, nicotine addiction, nicotinism, notice, notoriety, offscum, open the floodgates, open the sluices, overcharge, overdo, overdraw, overestimate, overpraise, overreach, overreact, oversell, overspeak, overstate, overstress, oxygen mask, oxygen tent, paint, pandowdy, panegyrize, pant, pastry, pasty, patisserie, patty, patty-shell, pay tribute, peter out, pie, pile it on, pillow, pipe up, placard, play out, plug, plush, poop out, porter aux nues, post, post bills, post up, powder, powder puff, praise, prate, press notice, press-agent, promote, promotion, public eye, public knowledge, public relations, public report, publicity, publicity story, publicize, publicness, pudding, puff and blow, puff of air, puff of wind, puff up, puffery, puffiness, puffing, pull, pump, pump up, push, putty, quiche, rage, raise, rarefy, reclame, recognition, recommend, reek, report, respiration, respire, review, rodomontade, rosette, rouge, rubber, run down, run out, salute, satin, scuba, scud, scum, sea foam, sell, set in, sigh, silk, sink, smoke, smoking, smoking habit, sneeze, sniff, sniffle, snore, snoring, snort, snuff, snuffle, soapsuds, souffle, speak for Buncombe, speak highly of, speak warmly of, speak well of, spiel, spindrift, spoondrift, spotlight, spray, spume, squall, steam, sternutation, stertor, stinging, stir of air, storm, stretch, stretch the truth, stretching, strudel, succumb, suck, suds, sufflate, support, surf, suspiration, swagger, swansdown, swell, swell out, swellage, swelling, swollenness, tabacism, tabacosis, tabagism, take snuff, talcum, talcum powder, talk big, talk in superlatives, tart, thistledown, throw off, timbale, tipsy cake, tire, tobaccoism, tout, travesty, trifle, trumpet, tumefaction, tumescence, tumidity, tumidness, turgescence, turgidity, turgidness, turnover, tympanism, tympany, up, vanishing cream, vanity case, vapor, vaunt, velvet, vol-au-vent, waft, war paint, wax, weary, wheeze, whiff, whiffet, whiffle, white water, widen, wilt, wind, windiness, wool, word, write up, write-up, zephyr


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