adjective, puff·i·er, puff·i·est.

short-winded; panting.
inflated, distended, or swollen.
fat; plump.

Origin of puffy

First recorded in 1590–1600; puff + -y1
Related formspuff·i·ly, adverbpuff·i·ness, noun
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adjective puffier or puffiest

short of breath
swollen or bloateda puffy face
pompous or conceited
blowing in gusts
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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