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

Puff \Puff\, noun [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.

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.

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

{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) .

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

Puff \Puff\, verb (used without an object) [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}, noun]

1. To blow in puffs, or with short and sudden whiffs.

2. To blow, as an expression of scorn; -- with at.

It is really to defy Heaven to puff at damnation. --South.

3. To breathe quick and hard, or with puffs, as after violent exertion.

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

4. To swell with air; to be dilated or inflated. --Boyle.

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

Then came brave Glory puffing by. --Herbert.

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

Puff \Puff\, adjective Puffed up; vain. [R.] --Fanshawe.

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

Puffball \Puff"ball'\, noun (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}.

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

Puff \Puff\, verb (used with an object)

1. To drive with a puff, or with puffs.

The clearing north will puff the clouds away. --Dryden.

2. To repel with words; to blow at contemptuously.

I puff the prostitute away. --Dryden.

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

The sea puffed up with winds. --Shak.

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

Puffed up with military success. --Jowett (Thucyd. )

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

From WordNet (r) 3.0 (2006) [wn]:

puff

adjective

1: gathered for protruding fullness; "puff sleeves" [syn: {puff}, {puffed}]

noun

1: a short light gust of air [syn: {puff}, {puff of air}, {whiff}]

2: a light inflated pastry or puff shell

3: exaggerated praise (as for promotional purposes)

4: bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together [syn: {quilt}, {comforter}, {comfort}, {puff}]

5: a soft spherical object made from fluffy fibers; for applying powder to the skin [syn: {powderpuff}, {puff}]

6: thick cushion used as a seat [syn: {ottoman}, {pouf}, {pouffe}, {puff}, {hassock}]

7: a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke); "he took a puff on his pipe"; "he took a drag on his cigarette and expelled the smoke slowly" [syn: {puff}, {drag}, {pull}]

8: forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth; "he gave his nose a loud blow"; "he blew out all the candles with a single puff" [syn: {blow}, {puff}]

verb

1: smoke and exhale strongly; "puff a cigar"; "whiff a pipe" [syn: {puff}, {whiff}]

2: suck in or take (air); "draw a deep breath"; "draw on a cigarette" [syn: {puff}, {drag}, {draw}]

3: breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted; "The runners reached the finish line, panting heavily" [syn: {pant}, {puff}, {gasp}, {heave}]

4: make proud or conceited; "The sudden fame puffed her ego"

5: praise extravagantly; "The critics puffed up this Broadway production" [syn: {puff}, {puff up}]

6: speak in a blustering or scornful manner; "A puffing kind of man"

7: to swell or cause to enlarge, "Her faced puffed up from the drugs"; "puffed out chests" [syn: {puff}, {puff up}, {blow up}, {puff out}]

8: blow hard and loudly; "he huffed and puffed as he made his way up the mountain" [syn: {puff}, {huff}, {chuff}]


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