/pʌf / (say puf)

1. a short, quick blast, as of wind or breath.
2. an abrupt emission of air, vapour, etc.
3. a single inhalation and exhalation, as of a cigarette.
4. the sound of an abrupt emission of air, etc.
5. a small quantity of vapour, smoke, etc., emitted at one blast.
6. an inflated or distended part of a thing; a swelling; a protuberance.
7. a commendation, especially an exaggerated one, of a book, an actor's performance, etc.
8. inflated or exaggerated praise, especially as uttered or written from interested motives.
9. powder puff.
10. a form of light pastry with a filling of cream, jam, or the like.
11. a cylindrical roll of hair.
verb (i)
12. to blow with short, quick blasts, as the wind.
13. to be emitted in a puff.
14. to emit a puff or puffs; to breathe quick and hard, as after violent exertion.
15. to go with puffing or panting.
16. to emit puffs or whiffs of vapour or smoke.
17. to move with such puffs.
18. to take puffs at a cigar, etc.
19. (of an auctioneer's accomplice) to make artificial bids at an auction in order to inflate the price of an object.
verb (t)
20. to send forth (air, vapour, etc.) in short quick blasts.
21. to drive or impel by puffing, or with a short quick blast.
22. to smoke (a cigar, etc.).
23. to inflate or distend, especially with air.
24. to inflate with pride, etc.
25. to praise in exaggerated language.
26. to advertise with exaggerated commendation.
27. to arrange in puffs, as the hair.
28. to artificially inflate the price of (an object being auctioned), as by having an accomplice in the audience who makes false bids.
29. out of puff, Colloquial out of breath.
30. puff out, to extinguish with a puff; blow out: to puff out a light.
31. puff the magic dragon, Colloquial to smoke marijuana. {Phrase Origin: originally US, from the song title Puff the Magic Dragon (1963) made popular buy US folk trio, Peter, Paul and Mary}
32. puff up, to become inflated or distended.
33. the puffs, Veterinary Science a disease of animals caused by transferring from a temperate to a tropical climate and associated with excessive loss of chloride from persistent sweating.
{Middle English, Old English pyff; of imitative origin}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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