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English definition of “puff”

puff

verb [I] (BREATHE)   /pʌf/
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. To puff is also to breathe in and blow out smoke from a cigarette, cigar (= rolled tobacco), or pipe (= device for smoking).
(Definition of puff verb (BREATHE) from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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