[ puhf ]
/ pʌf /


verb (used without object)

verb (used with object)

Origin of puff

1175–1225; (v.) Middle English puffen (compare Middle Dutch puffen, Low German pof, puf); (noun) Middle English puf, puffe; of imitative orig.

Related forms

puff·ing·ly, adverbun·puffed, adjectiveun·puff·ing, adjective
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/ (pʌf) /



Word Origin for puff

Old English pyffan; related to Dutch German puffen, Swiss pfuffen, Norwegian puffa, all of imitative origin
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