verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
Origin of puff
Synonyms for puff
Examples from the Web for puffed
Contemporary Examples of puffed
Afterward, you can actually see her young career flash before her eyes as she makes a kind of puffed up blowfish face.The Curious Little Shell That Restarted Jenny Slate’s Career
December 15, 2014
I nodded, puffed my chest out, but then looked at the ground.I Shot Bin Laden
November 16, 2014
The winter air is rent with cries from thousands of puffed up lips, begging to be let in.Russia’s Gold Digger Academy
November 11, 2014
Some came wrapped in what looked like puffed up fabric worms, with hair just as knotted and twisted.Comme Des Garçons, Kenzo, and More Japanese Designers at Paris Fashion Week
March 4, 2014
Orshansky puffed on a device that looked like a dental tool.New York’s Nanny-State E-Cig Ban
December 20, 2013
Historical Examples of puffed
Winkleman puffed out his chest and protruded his great beard.The Leopard Woman
Stewart Edward White
He will not be puffed up by success, or unduly depressed by failure.Self-Help
He lay back in the chair and puffed smoke above his head for a while.Changing Winds
St. John G. Ervine
The other men eyed him with a brooding jealousy as they puffed on their pipes.
Anyone else would have died of it; he merely strutted about and puffed out his chest.
Word Origin for puff
c.1200, perhaps Old English, puf, puffe "short, quick blast; act of puffing," from puff (v.). Meaning "type of light pastry" is recorded from late 14c.; that of "small pad for applying powder to skin or hair" is from 1650s. Figurative sense of "flattery, inflated praise" is first recorded 1732. Derogatory use for "homosexual male" is recorded by 1902.
Old English pyffan "to blow with the mouth," of imitative origin. Meaning "pant, breathe hard and fast" is from late 14c. Used of small swellings and round protuberances since 1530s. Transitive figurative sense of "exalt" is from 1530s; shading by early 18c. into meaning "praise with self-interest." Related: Puffed; puffing.