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"puff" in British English

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puffverb

uk   /pʌf/ us   /pʌf/
  • puff verb (BREATHE)

[I] to breathe fast 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 breathe fast and with difficulty, usually because you have been exercising
  • puff verb (SMOKE)

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

puffnoun

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

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

[C] a piece of food made of puff pastry filled 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 physical exercise
  • 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 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.

puffnoun [C]

us   /pʌf/
  • 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.
(Definition of puff from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

"puff" in Business English

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puffnoun [C]

uk   /pʌf/ us   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   /pʌf/ us   MARKETING
to praise or advertise a product in order to increase sales: 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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