verb (used without object)
verb (used with object)
- puerto rico,
- puerto rico trench,
- puerto vallarta,
- puff adder,
- puff paste,
- puff pastry,
- puff piece,
Origin of puff
Examples from the Web for 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|Luke Hopping|December 15, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I nodded, puffed my chest out, but then looked at the ground.
The winter air is rent with cries from thousands of puffed up lips, begging to be let in.
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|Liza Foreman|March 4, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Orshansky puffed on a device that looked like a dental tool.
McWhorter puffed for some minutes in silence: "Think you he will come here the night?"Prairie Flowers|James B. Hendryx
The largest designs of crepon show a raised or puffed appearance.Textiles|William H. Dooley
I'm puffed up with money, and have n't the heart I once had.The Short Works of George Meredith|George Meredith
His nose was long and pinched, while brown and puffed pockets hung beneath his eyes.Vandover and the Brute|Frank Norris
I see that the success you have attained while as yet so young has not puffed you up in any way.Wulf the Saxon|G. A. Henty
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.