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adjective, puff·i·er, puff·i·est.
  1. gusty1.
  2. short-winded; panting.
  3. inflated, distended, or swollen.
  4. fat; plump.
  5. conceited.
  6. bombastic.
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Origin of puffy

First recorded in 1590–1600; puff + -y1
Related formspuff·i·ly, adverbpuff·i·ness, noun
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Related Words for puffy

billowy, bloated, blown, distended, full, increased, inflamed, inflated, bulgy, distent, expanded

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British Dictionary definitions for puffy


adjective puffier or puffiest
  1. short of breath
  2. swollen or bloateda puffy face
  3. pompous or conceited
  4. blowing in gusts
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Derived Formspuffily, adverbpuffiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for puffy


1610s, of wind, "gusty," from puff + -y (2). Of other things, "swollen," from 1660s. Earliest attested use is figurative, "bombastic" (1590s). Related: Puffily; puffiness.

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