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"puff" in British English

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puffverb

uk   us   /pʌf/
  • puff verb (BREATHE)

[I] to ​breathefast and with ​difficulty, usually because you have been ​exercising: He came puffing up the ​stairs. [+ speech] "I ​ran all the way ​home," she puffed (= said while puffing).puff and pant to ​breathefast and with ​difficulty, usually because you have been ​exercising
  • puff verb (SMOKE)

[I or T] to ​smoketobacco: She was puffing on a ​cigarette at the ​time. He ​sat there, puffing away at a ​cigarette.

puffnoun

uk   us   /pʌf/
  • puff noun (SMALL AMOUNT)

[C] a ​smallamount of ​smoke, ​air, or something that can ​rise into the ​air in a ​smallcloud: Sean ​blew a puff of ​smoke at his ​reflection in the ​mirror. He ​hit the ​ground with his ​stick and a puff ofdustrose up into the ​air.
  • puff noun (FOOD)

[C] a ​piece of ​food made of puff ​pastryfilled with something ​sweet or with ​food such as ​cheese: a ​cream/​jam puff cheese puffs
  • puff noun (BREATHE)

be out of puff UK informal to be ​breathing with ​difficulty because you have been doing ​physicalexercise
  • puff noun (SMOKING)

[C] an ​act of ​smoking: She took a puff on her ​cigarette and ​thought for a ​moment.
(Definition of puff from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"puff" in American English

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puffverb

 us   /pʌf/
  • puff verb (BREATHE)

[I] to ​breathequickly and with a lot of ​force, usually as a ​result of an ​activity that ​needs a lot of ​physicaleffort: 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 (= ​rolledtobacco), 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 ​bruiseddark as a ​coalsmear. [T] The ​childheld a ​deepbreath and puffed her ​cheeks until they ​turnedred.

puffnoun [C]

 us   /pʌf/
  • puff noun [C] (SMALL BURST)

a ​smallburst of ​smoke, ​air, or something that can ​rise into the ​air in a ​smallcloud: We ​felt a puff of ​wind as the ​dooropen 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 ​softsound A puff is also an ​act of ​breathing in and ​blowing out ​smoke.
(Definition of puff from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"puff" in Business English

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puffnoun [C]

uk   us   /pʌf/ (also US puff piece) MARKETING
a ​piece of writing that praises or ​advertises a ​product: They ​asked me to write a puff for her latest ​book.a puff (piece) on sth He's gone to New York to do a puff ​piece on a starlet.

puffverb [T]

uk   us   /pʌf/ MARKETING
to praise or ​advertise a ​product in ​order to ​increasesales: He was at the festival to puff his new movie.
(Definition of puff from the Cambridge Business English Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)
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