from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A short forceful exhalation of breath.
- n. A short sudden gust of wind.
- n. A brief sudden emission of air, vapor, or smoke.
- n. A short sibilant sound produced by a puff.
- n. An amount of vapor, smoke, or similar material released in a puff.
- n. An act of drawing in and expelling the breath, as in smoking tobacco.
- n. A swelling or rounded protuberance.
- n. Puff pastry.
- n. A light soft pad for applying powder or lotion.
- n. A gathered, protruding portion of fabric.
- n. A light padded bed covering.
- n. An approving or flattering recommendation.
- n. A piece of writing, as on the jacket of a book, containing often exaggerated praise, used for promotional purposes.
- n. Genetics A localized region of swelling in certain chromosomes indicating the active synthesis of RNA.
- intransitive v. To blow in puffs.
- intransitive v. To come forth in puffs: steam puffing from an engine.
- intransitive v. To breathe forcefully and rapidly: huffed and puffed up the stairs.
- intransitive v. To emit puffs.
- intransitive v. To take puffs on smoking material: puffing on a cigar.
- intransitive v. To swell or seem to swell, as with pride or air. Often used with up: He puffed up and glared at the importuning questioner.
- transitive v. To emit or give forth in puffs.
- transitive v. To impel with puffs.
- transitive v. To smoke (a cigar, for example).
- transitive v. To inflate or distend.
- transitive v. To fill with pride or conceit.
- transitive v. To publicize with often exaggerated praise: publishers who puff their new books.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sharp exhalation of a small amount of breath through the mouth.
- n. The ability to breathe easily while exerting oneself.
- n. A small quantity of gas or smoke in the air.
- n. An act of inhaling smoke from a cigarette, cigar or pipe.
- n. A flamboyant or alluring statement about an object's quality.
- n. The drug cannabis.
- n. A light cake filled with cream, cream cheese, etc.
- n. a homosexual; a poof
- n. life
- v. To emit smoke, gas, etc., in puffs.
- v. To pant.
- v. To advertise
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- adj. Puffed up; vain.
- n. A sudden and single emission of breath from the mouth; hence, any sudden or short blast of wind; a slight gust; a whiff.
- n. 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.
- n. An exaggerated or empty expression of praise, especially one in a public journal.
- intransitive v. To blow in puffs, or with short and sudden whiffs.
- intransitive v. To blow, as an expression of scorn; -- with at.
- intransitive v. To breathe quick and hard, or with puffs, as after violent exertion.
- intransitive v. To swell with air; to be dilated or inflated.
- intransitive v. To breathe in a swelling, inflated, or pompous manner; hence, to assume importance.
- transitive v. To drive with a puff, or with puffs.
- transitive v. To repel with words; to blow at contemptuously.
- transitive v. To cause to swell or dilate; to inflate; to ruffle with puffs; -- often with up.
- transitive v. To inflate with pride, flattery, self-esteem, or the like; -- often with up.
- transitive v. To praise with exaggeration; to flatter; to call public attention to by praises; to praise unduly.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To blow with quick, intermittent blasts; emit a whiff, as of wind, air, or smoke.
- To blow, as an expression of scorn or contempt; snort; sneer.
- To breathe with agitation, as after violent exertion.
- To act or move with flurry and a swelling, bustling appearance; assume importance.
- To blow; send forth in quick short blasts or whiffs; drive with a blast.
- To draw smoke through, or send out smoke from.
- To fill, inflate, or expand with breath or air, and figuratively with pride, vanity, conceit, etc.; swell: frequently with up: as, puffed up with success; puffed with ambition.
- To praise with exaggeration; give undue or servile praise to.
- An exclamation of contempt or impatience.
- In botany, to discharge suddenly a clond of spores, as frequently occurs in certain fungi.
- n. A sharp, forcible blast; a whiff; a sudden emission, as of air from the mouth, or smoke from the stack of an engine; also, as much as is suddenly so emitted at one time.
- n. A puffball.
- n. An inflated, swollen, light, fluffy, or porous thing or part.
- n. A light, porous, spongy, or friable cake, generally filled with preserve or the like: as, cream-puffs; jam-puffs.
- n. An implement consisting of swan's down or a wad of flossy or loose texture, used for applying powder to the hair or skin. See powderpuff.
- n. Exaggerated or undue praise uttered or written from an interested point of view; especially, a written commendation of a book, an actor's or a singer's performance, a tradesman's goods, or the like.
- n. One who is puffed up; an inflated, conceited person.
- n. One who writes puffs.
- n. A small vessel with minute openings for scattering liquid perfumes.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. blow hard and loudly
- n. a short light gust of air
- v. speak in a blustering or scornful manner
- v. breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted
- n. bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together
- n. a soft spherical object made from fluffy fibers; for applying powder to the skin
- n. a light inflated pastry or puff shell
- adj. gathered for protruding fullness
- v. make proud or conceited
- v. to swell or cause to enlarge,
- v. suck in or take (air)
- n. forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth
- v. smoke and exhale strongly
- v. praise extravagantly
- n. a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke)
- n. thick cushion used as a seat
- n. exaggerated praise (as for promotional purposes)
** puff puff** 7. I'm beginning to see leaves in those trees over there.
*pant puff pant puff* the burfday fairy iz a liddl late today, wuz plantin herz lawn today, lotsa hard wurk *puff pant puff pant* but iz heer now to wish a big HAPPEE BURFDAY to all teh cheezfrenz, lolfrenz, lurkurs, an yes eben teh trollz hoo haz teh burfdayz today!
puff puff puff puff puff puff puff puff* wooo hooooooooo.
heer ai iz wif wun ob the CCC…..hole awn D.R. and buggin2go ….sorry letz me catches mi breff fur a minit………..*puff puff puff*
(*Danss, puff, puff*) Teh liddul gurl at teh till sayd “Oh themz are cheep” (but in English *Danss, danss, shimee*) an ai, eeger to spred teh gud news sayd “O aise goin to use them 4 a stirrer in hawt choklit. ( in English agen, danss puff*) and did a liddul mime, sort ov, cos she was lukin blank.
I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in, "is made largely by the sound of the consonants _ff_ and the _n_ in the concluding _in_, the force of the rough _u_ of _huff_ and _puff_, and the prolonged _o_ in
"When I don't see any little crabs on the shore, or sticking up out of the water, I usually see them blowing bubbles from under the water; the little bubbles go _puff, puff, puff_, and then they go _pop, pop, pop_, and they show me where the little juicy crabs are, so I can put my paw in and catch them.
When I got home I had this urge to tell my wife, like we landed on the moon or something. "* puff puff* Guess what?!
Think Ange might have cooperated to some extent, or at least not interfered too much, in exchange for what you called a puff piece?
From the start, I was amused by the image of a grumpy princess, in puff sleeves and tiara, sitting in front of a laptop and surrounded by files.