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Puff appears in the following palindrome (phrase that reads the same backward as forward):

  • puff up
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Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the noun puff:


Distribution of usage frequency for the most common synonyms of the verb puff:


The word puff is considered to be an easy one, according to the Dale-Chall word list, which includes 3000 words that all fourth-grade American students should know and understand.

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Definition of the noun puff

What does puff mean as a name of something?

noun - plural: puffs

  1. a short light gust of air
  2. a light inflated pastry or puff shell
    • lexical domain: Foods & Drinks - nouns denoting foods and drinks
    • more generic word: pastry = any of various baked foods made of dough or batter
    • more specific terms: cream puff / chou = puff filled with cream or custard
  3. exaggerated praise (as for promotional purposes)
  4. bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together
  5. a soft spherical object made from fluffy fibers; for applying powder to the skin
    • lexical domain: Artifacts - nouns denoting man-made objects
    • synonym of puff: powderpuff
    • more generic word: pad = a flat mass of soft material used for protection, stuffing, or comfort
  6. thick cushion used as a seat
  7. a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke)
  8. forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth
    • example: he blew out all the candles with a single puff
    • lexical domain: Acts - nouns denoting acts or actions
    • synonym of puff: blow
    • more generic terms: breathing out / exhalation / expiration = the act of expelling air from the lungs
    • more specific word: insufflation = an act of blowing or breathing on or into something

Alternative definition of the noun puff


  1. [countable] A sharp exhalation of a small amount of breath through the mouth.
    • [uncountable] The ability to breathe easily while exerting oneself.
    • [countable] A small quantity of gas or smoke in the air.
      • [context: informal, countable] An act of inhaling smoke from a cigarette, cigar or pipe.
      • [countable] A flamboyant or alluring statement about an object's quality.
      • [context: uncountable, slang] The drug cannabis.
      • [countable] A light cake filled with cream, cream cheese, etc.
      • [context: derogatory, slang, British, particularly northern UK] a homosexual; a poof
      • [slang, dated] life

      Definition of the adjective puff

      What does puff mean as an attribute of a noun?

      adjective - degrees: puffer |

      1. gathered for protruding fullness
        • example: puff sleeves
        • synonym of puff: puffed
        • similar: fancy

      Definition of the verb puff

      What does puff mean as a doing word?

      verb - inflections: puffed | puffing | puffs

      1. smoke and exhale strongly
        • example: puff a cigar
        • lexical domain: Consumption - verbs of eating and drinking
        • synonym of puff: whiff
        • more generic word: smoke = inhale and exhale smoke from cigarettes, cigars, pipes
      2. suck in or take (air)
      3. breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted
        • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
        • synonyms of puff: gasp / heave / pant
        • more generic word: blow = exhale hard
      4. make proud or conceited
      5. praise extravagantly
        • example: The critics puffed up this Broadway production
        • lexical domain: Communication - verbs of telling, asking, ordering, singing
        • synonym of puff: puff up
        • more generic word: praise = express approval of
      6. speak in a blustering or scornful manner
      7. to swell or cause to enlarge
        • examples: Her faced puffed up from the drugs | puffed out chests | Did his feet puff?
        • syntax:
          Syntactic formulaExample for the syntactic formula
          there [Verb] [Theme] [Locative Preposition] [Location]There bubbled a fragant stew over the fire
          [Agent] [Verb] [Source]I bled him
          [Agent] [Verb] [Theme]The bill shed 50 pages of pork-barrel addons
          [Location] [Verb] with [Theme]The streets gushed with water
          [Source] [Verb]The fountain gushed
          [Source] [Verb] [Theme]The well gushed oil
          [Theme - inanimate] [Verb] outThe water seeped out
          [Theme - inanimate] [Verb] from / out of [Source]Oil gushed from the well
          [Theme - inanimate] [Verb] [Path Preposition] [Location]Water gushed through the streets
          [Locative Preposition] [Location] [Verb] [Theme]Over the fire bubbled a fragant stew

          Verbs of Emission (with the same syntax): belch, bleed, bubble, dribble, drip, drool, emanate, exude, foam, gush, jet, leak, ooze, percolate, pour, radiate, seep, shed, slop, spew, spill, spout, sprout, spurt, squirt, steam, stream, sweat, trickle.

        • lexical domain: Change - verbs of size, temperature change, intensifying, etc.
        • synonyms of puff: blow up / puff out / puff up
        • more generic terms: intumesce / swell / swell up / tumefy / tumesce = expand abnormally
      8. blow hard and loudly
        • example: he huffed and puffed as he made his way up the mountain
        • lexical domain: Body Actions - verbs of grooming, dressing and bodily care
        • synonyms of puff: chuff / huff
        • more generic word: blow = exhale hard

      Alternative definition of the verb puff


      1. [intransitive] To emit smoke, gas, etc., in puffs.
      2. [intransitive] To pant.
      3. [transitive, archaic] To advertise


      Who is Puff?

      Puff a.k.a. Sean Combs: Sean John Combs, also known by his stage name Diddy or P. Diddy, is an American rapper, singer, record producer, actor and men's fashion designer. He has won three Grammy Awards and two MTV Video Music Awards, and his clothing line earned a Council of Fashion Designers of America award. He was originally known as Puff Daddy and then as P. Diddy.


      1. Puff is a fictional character from the movie Miss in Her Teens.
      2. Puff is a fictional character from Human Nature.
      3. Puff is a fictional character from the 1978 film Puff the Magic Dragon.
      4. Puff is a fictional character from the 2005 film The Proud Family Movie.
      5. Puff is a fictional character from the 1979 film Puff the Magic Dragon in the Land of the Living Lies.

      There are other characters with in their name, like Puff Adder and Puff Daddy.


      "Puff" is a written work.


      "Puff" a.k.a. "Puff"" is a musical album of Blues Control.

      • released in (8 years ago)


      1. PUFF a.k.a. Pineapple Underground Film Festival is a film festival held annually in Hong Kong.
      2. PUFF a.k.a. Portland Underground Film Festival is held annually in Portland, Oregon, United States.

      Phrases with Puff

      Phrases starting with the word Puff:

      1. puff up
      2. puff out
      3. puff adder
      4. puff paste
      5. Puff Piece
      6. puff batter
      7. puff of air
      8. Puff pastry
      9. Puff-Backed Bulbul
      10. Puff the Magic Dragon
      11. Puff-Throated Babbler

      Phrases ending with the word Puff:

      1. cream puff
      2. Pizza Puff
      3. Cheese Puff
      4. Garden Puff
      5. powder-puff
      6. Yellow Puff
      7. Spotted Puff
      8. Tropical Puff
      9. Love in a Puff

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      Printed dictionaries and other books with definitions for Puff

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      Google previewA Dictionary of Slang and Colloquial English (1905)

      Abridged from the Seven-volume Work, Entitled: Slang and Its Analogues by John Stephen Farmer, William Ernest Henley

      Puff. 1.

      Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis, Or, Universal Dictionary of the Arts, Sciences, Literature, Etc. : Intended to Supersede the Use of Other Books of Reference (1816)

      * PUFF ...

      Google previewEncyclopaedia Perthensis; or, Universal dictionary of Knowledge. [With] Supp (1816)

      by Encyclopaedia Perthensis

      * PUFF. n.

      Google previewEncyclopedic Dictionary of Pyrotechnics (2012)

      (and Related Subjects) by K.L. Kosanke, Barry T. Sturman, Robert M. Winokur, B.J. Kosanke

      PUFF POT – A small special ...

      Google previewThe Cooks and Confectioners Dictionary; Or, The Accomplish'd Housewifes Companion ... (1723)

      by John Nott

      Co make Ülbitt puff.43aste, - TAKE two pound of fine Flour, and the Whites of six Eggs beaten up, and make it into Balls with cold Water, roll into it two pound of Butter at five or fix times rolling. If it be in the Winter time beatyour Butter to make it ...

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      Quotes about Puff

      Their spirits and their visions are embodied in their craft. And so is mine. It's not Jane Saw Puff. But the clarity of Jane Saw Puff is precious to me. (Sharon Olds)
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      Scrabble value of P3U1F4F4

      The value of this 4-letter word is 12 points. It is included in the first and second editions of the Official Scrabble Players Dictionary.

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