|Origin:||pyffan, from the sound|
to breathe quickly and with difficulty after the effort of running, carrying something heavy etc:
George puffed and panted and he tried to keep up.
puff along/up etc
An old man puffed up to them.
He caught up with Gary, puffing for breath.
➔ huff and puffat huff1 (1)
2 [intransitive and transitive] also puff away
to breathe in and out while smoking a cigarette or pipe
Kinane sat in silence, puffing thoughtfully at his pipe.
3 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition, transitive]
if smoke, steam etc puffs from somewhere, or if something puffs it, it comes out in little clouds:
Steam puffed out of the chimney.
The boiler was puffing thick black smoke.
Don't puff smoke into my face.
4 [intransitive always + adverb/preposition]TTT
to move in a particular direction, sending out little clouds of steam or smoke:
The train puffed steadily across the bridge.
puff something ↔ outphrasal verb
to make your cheeks or chest bigger by filling them with air:
Henry puffed out his chest proudly.
puff upphrasal verb
to become bigger by increasing the amount of air inside, or to make something bigger in this way:
The pastry will puff up while it bakes.
puff something ↔ up
Birds puff up their feathers to keep warm.
if a part of your body puffs up, it swells painfully because of injury or infection:
My eye had puffed up because of a mosquito bite.