puff Meaning in the Cambridge English Dictionary
Cambridge Dictionaries online Cambridge Dictionaries online

The most popular online dictionary and thesaurus for learners of English

Meaning of “puff” in the English Dictionary

"puff" in British English

See all translations

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.

puff verb (BLOW)

[I or T] to ​blow out in ​clouds, or make ​steam or ​smoke do this: The ​engine puffed a ​hugecloud of ​steam, then ​rolled down the ​tracks. The ​chimney was puffing outclouds of ​smoke.

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 (PRAISE)

[C] informal mainly disapproving (US also puff piece) a ​piece of writing or ​speech that ​praises something too much

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

See all translations

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

See all translations

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)
What is the pronunciation of puff?
Add Cambridge dictionaries to your browser to your website
Word of the Day
public school

in England, an expensive type of private school (= school paid for by parents not by the government)

Word of the Day

Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
Introducing a new author and a new weekly blog post!
by Cambridge Dictionaries Online,
August 27, 2015
The English language is constantly changing. You know that. But did you know that at Cambridge Dictionaries Online we keep track of the changes? We continually add new words and new meanings to our online dictionary for learners of English. Some of them are new to English entirely (neologisms), and some

Read More 

hyperpalatable adjective
hyperpalatable adjective
August 24, 2015
describes food with heightened levels of sugar and salt, intended to be extremely appealing In Brazil, where the prevalence of overweight and obese adults has doubled since 1980, crisps, biscuits, energy bars and sugary drinks formulated to be ‘hyper-palatable’ are much more widely eaten than previously.

Read More