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puff

verb uk   us   /pʌf/

puff verb (BREATHE)

[I] to breathe fast and with difficulty, usually because you have been doing exercise: 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 doing exercise

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.

puff verb (BLOW)

[I or T] to blow out in clouds, or make steam or smoke do this: He puffed a cloud of cigarette smoke into my eyes. The chimney was puffing out clouds of smoke.

puff

noun uk   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 (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 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.
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