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English adjective: puff

1. puff gathered for protruding fullness

SamplesPuff sleeves.




English noun: puff

1. puff (phenomenon) a short light gust of air

Synonymspuff of air, whiff

Broader (hypernym)blast, blow, gust

2. puff (food) a light inflated pastry or puff shell

Broader (hypernym)pastry

Narrower (hyponym)chou, cream puff

3. puff (communication) exaggerated praise (as for promotional purposes)

Broader (hypernym)good word, recommendation, testimonial

4. puff (artifact) bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together

Synonymscomfort, comforter, quilt

Broader (hypernym)bed clothing, bedclothes, bedding

Narrower (hyponym)continental quilt, duvet, eiderdown, patchwork, patchwork quilt

5. puff (artifact) a soft spherical object made from fluffy fibers; for applying powder to the skin


Broader (hypernym)pad

6. puff (artifact) thick cushion used as a seat

Synonymshassock, ottoman, pouf, pouffe

Broader (hypernym)seat

7. puff (act) a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke)

SamplesHe took a puff on his pipe.
He took a drag on his cigarette and expelled the smoke slowly.

Synonymsdrag, pull

Broader (hypernym)aspiration, breathing in, inhalation, inspiration, intake

Narrower (hyponym)toke

Part meronymsmoke, smoking

8. puff (act) forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth

SamplesHe gave his nose a loud blow.
He blew out all the candles with a single puff.


Broader (hypernym)breathing out, exhalation, expiration

Narrower (hyponym)insufflation

English verb: puff

1. puff (consumption) smoke and exhale strongly

SamplesPuff a cigar.
Whiff a pipe.


Pattern of useSomebody ----s something

Broader (hypernym)smoke

2. puff (consumption) suck in or take (air)

SamplesDraw a deep breath.
Draw on a cigarette.

Synonymsdrag, draw

Pattern of useSomebody ----s.
Somebody ----s PP

Broader (hypernym)breathe in, inhale, inspire


3. puff (body) breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted

SamplesThe runners reached the finish line, panting heavily.

Synonymsgasp, heave, pant

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)blow

4. puff (emotion) make proud or conceited

SamplesThe sudden fame puffed her ego.

Pattern of useSomething ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)elate, intoxicate, lift up, pick up, uplift

5. puff (communication) praise extravagantly

SamplesThe critics puffed up this Broadway production.

Synonymspuff up

Pattern of useSomebody ----s something.
Somebody ----s somebody.
Something ----s somebody.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)praise

6. puff (communication) speak in a blustering or scornful manner

SamplesA puffing kind of man.

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)blow, bluster, boast, brag, gas, gasconade, shoot a line, swash, tout, vaunt

7. puff (change) to swell or cause to enlarge,

SamplesHer faced puffed up from the drugs.
Puffed out chests.

ExamplesDid his feet puff?

Synonymsblow up, puff out, puff up

Pattern of useSomething ----s.
Somebody ----s.
Somebody ----s something.
Something ----s something

Broader (hypernym)intumesce, swell, swell up, tumefy, tumesce

8. puff (body) blow hard and loudly

SamplesHe huffed and puffed as he made his way up the mountain.

Synonymschuff, huff

Pattern of useSomebody ----s

Broader (hypernym)blow

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