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puff

verb  /pʌf/ us  

puff verb (BREATHE)

[I] to breathe quickly and with a lot of force, usually as a result of an activity that needs a lot of physical effort: Ricardo was puffing hard after he raced up five flights of stairs. [I] To puff is also to breathe in and blow out smoke from a cigarette, cigar (= rolled tobacco), or pipe (= device for smoking).

puff verb (SWELL)

[I/T] to swell or increase in size: [T] One eye was puffed and her cheek was bruised dark as a coal smear. [T] The child held a deep breath and puffed her cheeks until they turned red.

puff

noun [C]  /pʌf/ us  

puff noun [C] (SMALL BURST)

a small burst of smoke, air, or something that can rise into the air in a small cloud: We felt a puff of wind as the door open and closed.

puff noun [C] (CAKE)

a small, round cake or other food, esp. one made from pastry with a filling inside: a cream puff

puff noun [C] (BREATHE)

an act of puffing out air, often with a soft sound A puff is also an act of breathing in and blowing out smoke.
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