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noun, plural puff·er·ies.
  1. undue or exaggerated praise.
  2. publicity, acclaim, etc., that is full of undue or exaggerated praise.
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Origin of puffery

First recorded in 1775–85; puff + -ery
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Related Words for puffery

hype, publicity, praise

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British Dictionary definitions for puffery


noun plural -eries
  1. informal exaggerated praise, esp in publicity or advertising
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Word Origin and History for puffery


"inflated laudation" [OED], 1782, from puff (v.) in its figurative sense + -ery.

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