puff

puff
puff1 [pʌf] v
[: Old English; Origin: pyffan, from the sound]
1.)
to breathe quickly and with difficulty after the effort of running, carrying something heavy etc
George puffed and panted and he tried to keep up.
puff along/up etc
An old man puffed up to them.
He caught up with Gary, puffing for breath .
huff and puff [i]athuff1 (1)
2.) [I and T] also puff away
to breathe in and out while smoking a cigarette or ↑pipe
puff at/on
Kinane sat in silence, puffing thoughtfully at his pipe.
3.) [I always + adverb/preposition, T]
if smoke, steam etc puffs from somewhere, or if something puffs it, it comes out in little clouds
Steam puffed out of the chimney.
The boiler was puffing thick black smoke.
Don't puff smoke into my face.
4.) [I always + adverb/preposition]
to move in a particular direction, sending out little clouds of steam or smoke
The train puffed steadily across the bridge.
puff out [puff sth<=>out] phr v
puff out your cheeks/chest
to make your cheeks or chest bigger by filling them with air
Henry puffed out his chest proudly.
puff up phr v
1.) to become bigger by increasing the amount of air inside, or to make something bigger in this way
The pastry will puff up while it bakes.
puff sth<=>up
Birds puff up their feathers to keep warm.
2.) if a part of your body puffs up, it swells painfully because of injury or infection
My eye had puffed up because of a mosquito bite.
puff 2
puff2 n
1.)
the action of taking the smoke from a cigarette, ↑pipe etc into your ↑lungs
puff on/at
He laughed and took a puff on his cigar.
2.)
a sudden small movement of wind, air, or smoke
puff of smoke/wind/air/steam etc
The dragon disappeared in a puff of smoke.
3.) cheese/jam/cream etc puff
a piece of light ↑pastry with a soft mixture inside
4.) [U] BrE informal your breath
I was out of puff (=had difficulty breathing) .
5.) also puff piece
a piece of writing or a speech that praises someone too much - used to show disapproval

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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