[ puhf-er ]
/ ˈpʌf ər /


a person or thing that puffs.
Also called blowfish, globefish. any of various fishes of the family Tetraodontidae, capable of inflating the body with water or air until it resembles a globe, the spines in the skin becoming erected: several species contain the potent nerve poison tetrodotoxin.

Origin of puffer

First recorded in 1620–30; puff + -er1
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British Dictionary definitions for puffer


/ (ˈpʌfə) /


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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