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[ puhf-ee ]


, puff·i·er, puff·i·est.
  1. short-winded; panting.
  2. inflated, distended, or swollen.
  3. fat; plump.


/ ˈpʌfɪ /


  1. short of breath
  2. swollen or bloated

    a puffy face

  3. pompous or conceited
  4. blowing in gusts

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Derived Forms

  • ˈpuffily, adverb
  • ˈpuffiness, noun

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Other Words From

  • puffi·ly adverb
  • puffi·ness noun

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Word History and Origins

Origin of puffy1

First recorded in 1590–1600; puff + -y 1

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Example Sentences

Top it all off with a light puffy jacket for extra warmth if necessary, and you’ll be good to go.

In this case, it is ideal to carry what some call “puffy” layers.

I’ve got everything from thick puffy items to thinner fleece sweatpants to hybrid designs that try and map insulation by area, reducing the bulk of the puff.

The Zero G quickly became my preferred winter puffy on days when the digits dropped well below freezing.

The second worker in Alaska developed puffy eyes, lightheadedness, and a scratchy throat 10 minutes after receiving the vaccine.

There were boyish suits from yesteryear with puffy white sleeves and fur collars worn by androgynous creatures with white faces.

As Driggs told me, zipping her puffy blue coat on the way out to lunch, “I always come out of these things energized.”

In spite of myself a chill crept over me at the sight of the white puffy face, and I hastened to pass.

Do the puffy taco, but make it better, the way I remember it.

The puffy tacos, fajitas, and enchiladas at Bar Ama in Los Angeles.

His foot caught the Loon—who was leaning over him—full on his puffy stomach, and sent him shooting up into the air.

These three faces, framed by the window, recalled the puffy cherubs floating among the clouds that surround God the Father.

He was a pale, puffy boy, with reddish hair and freckles, who was evidently fully alive to the dignity of his position.

The crowd roared with delight over the discomfiture of the bailiff, whose puffy cheeks became purple with anger.

One huge arm hung over the bunk, flabbed, puffy, without muscle.