(noun, adjective, verb)


1. gathered for protruding fullness

- puff sleeves

Similar word(s): fancy, puffed


1. a short light gust of air

Similar word(s): whiff

Definition categories: phenomenon, blast, blow, gust

2. a light inflated pastry or puff shell

Definition categories: food, pastry

3. exaggerated praise (as for promotional purposes)

Definition categories: communication, recommendation, testimonial

4. bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together

Similar word(s): comfort, comforter, quilt

Definition categories: man–made, bedclothes, bedding

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

Similar word(s): powderpuff

Definition categories: man–made, pad

6. thick cushion used as a seat

Similar word(s): hassock, ottoman, pouf, pouffe

Definition categories: man–made, seat

7. a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke)

- he took a puff on his pipe

Similar word(s): drag, pull

Definition categories: act, aspiration, inhalation, inspiration, intake

8. forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth

- he blew out all the candles with a single puff

Similar word(s): blow

Definition categories: act, exhalation, expiration

Sentences with puff as a noun:

- out of puff

- puff of smoke

- cream puff


1. smoke and exhale strongly

- puff a cigar

Similar word(s): whiff

Definition categories: consumption, smoke

2. suck in or take (air)

Similar word(s): drag, draw

Definition categories: consumption, inhale, inspire

3. breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted

Similar word(s): gasp, heave, pant

Definition categories: body, blow

4. make proud or conceited

- The sudden fame puffed her ego

Definition categories: emotion, elate, intoxicate, uplift

5. praise extravagantly

- The critics puffed up this Broadway production

Definition categories: communication, praise

6. speak in a blustering or scornful manner

- A puffing kind of man

Definition categories: communication, blow, bluster, boast, brag, gas, gasconade, swash, tout, vaunt

7. to swell or cause to enlarge

- Her faced puffed up from the drugs

- puffed out chests

Definition categories: change, intumesce, swell, tumefy, tumesce

8. blow hard and loudly

- he huffed and puffed as he made his way up the mountain

Similar word(s): chuff, huff

Definition categories: body, blow

Sentences with puff as a verb:

- a bladder puffed with air