Origin of puffer
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Examples from the Web for puffer
Asked what three items he still had to have in his suitcase, Zee said: “The boots, the puffer jacket, and a pair of solid jeans.”Joe Zee Loves Utah’s Messy Look
January 25, 2011
I hope you will be a good boy and give satisfaction to Professor Puffer.
There were ten passengers besides Professor Puffer and himself.
A little reflection, however, allayed the fears of Professor Puffer.
Bernard opened it, and his glance rested on Professor Puffer.
"No," answered Puffer, who feared that those reasons might compromise him.
- a person or thing that puffs
- Also called: globefish any marine plectognath fish of the family Tetraodontidae, having an elongated spiny body that can be inflated to form a globe
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Word Origin and History for puffer
1620s, agent noun from puff (v.). As "one who praises or extols," from 1736. As a type of fish that inflates itself in defense, from 1814.
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