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puff (inhalation)

Definition:

a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke)

Class:

act noun (acts and actions)

Plural:

puffs

Part of:

smoke

Original source:

Princeton WordNet

Example:

toke

Usage example:

he took a puff on his pipe

Synonyms:

drag | pull

Etymology:

Old English pyffian "an act of puffing", of imitative origin. Used of small...
(Source: Online Etymology)  [more]

All senses of puff...

Definition references

Collins Dictionary:

puff | quilt [less common, sense-specific] | puffball [dialect, sense-specific] | tr [synonym, sense-specific]

a short quick draught, gust, or emission, as of wind, smoke, air, etc, especially a forceful one | the amount of wind, smoke, etc, released in a puff ... (27 of 731 words, 22 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/puff

Oxford Dictionary:

puff | puff something out/up | puff out/up | be puffed up | in all one's puff | puff and blow

a short, explosive burst of breath or wind | the sound of air or vapour escaping suddenly | a small quantity of vapour or smoke, emitted in one blast ... (27 of 464 words, 22 definitions, 23 usage examples, pronunciation)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/puff

Random House Dictionary:

puff | powder puff [sense-specific] | puffball [sense-specific]

a short, quick blast, as of wind or breath. | an abrupt emission of air, smoke, vapor, etc. | an act of inhaling and exhaling, as on a cigarette or ... (28 of 389 words, 35 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.infoplease​.com​/puff

Merriam-Webster:

puff [entry 1, verb] | pant [synonym, sense-specific] | swell [synonym, sense-specific] | waft [synonym, sense-specific] | inflate [synonym, sense-specific] | elate [synonym, sense-specific] | advertise [synonym, sense-specific] | blow [synonym, sense-specific] | heave [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

to blow in short gusts ; to exhale forcibly ; to breathe hard; "pant" ; to ... | to speak or act in a scornful, conceited, or exaggerated manner | to ... (29 of 272 words, 6 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/puff

puff [entry 2, noun] | whiff [synonym, sense-specific] | draw [synonym, sense-specific] | protuberance [synonym, sense-specific] | pouf [synonym, sense-specific] | air [synonym, sense-specific] | breath [synonym, sense-specific] | breeze [synonym, sense-specific] | waft [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

an act or instance of puffing; "whiff" ; a slight explosive sound ... | a light round hollow pastry | a slight swelling; "protuberance" ; a fluffy ... (25 of 199 words, 5 definitions, pronunciations)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/puff show=1

puff [entry 3, adjective]

of, relating to, or designed for promotion or flattery (9 of 26 words, 1 usage example)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/puff show=2

New World Dictionary:

puff

a short, sudden burst or gust, as of wind, or an expulsion, as of breath ; ... | a draw at a cigarette, pipe, etc. | a swelling, or a protuberance ... (29 of 263 words, 21 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/puff

American Heritage Dictionary:

puff | puffed [past tense] | puffing [present participle] | puffs [3rd-person singular present] | puffily [adverb, related] | puffiness [noun, related] | puffy [adjective, related]

A short forceful exhalation of breath. | A short sudden gust of wind. | A brief sudden emission of air, vapor, or smoke. | A short sibilant sound ... (25 of 252 words, 26 definitions, 5 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/puff

Wikipedia:

Puff [disambiguation]

may refer to: In foods with high air content: Puffed grain | Puff pastry | Cocoa Puffs | Cream puff, profiterole | In low-density objects: Powder puff, face-powder applicator | Puffs, a brand of facial tissue | In animals: Puffer, fish in family ... (37 of 218 words, 24 definitions)

en​.wikipedia​.org​/wiki​/Puff

Macmillan British Dictionary:

puff [noun] | puffs [plural]

[countable] the action of breathing in smoke from a cigarette, pipe etc | [countable] the action of blowing or breathing out air so that it makes a ... (26 of 170 words, 6 definitions, 6 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/puff 13

puff | puffed [past tense] | puffing [present participle] | puffs [3rd-person singular present]

[intransitive/transitive] to smoke a cigarette, pipe etc | [intransitive] to breathe or blow out air noisily, especially because you have been ... (20 of 117 words, 3 definitions, 4 usage examples, pronunciation)

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/puff

Wiktionary:

puff | puffed [past tense] | puffing [present participle] | puffs [3rd-person singular present] | wind [synonym, sense-specific] | drag [synonym, sense-specific] | blow [synonym, sense-specific] | dope [synonym, sense-specific] | ganja [synonym, sense-specific] | ...

[countable] A sharp exhalation of a small amount of breath through the mouth. | [uncountable] The ability to breathe easily while exerting oneself. | [countable] A small quantity of gas or smoke in the air. | [informal, countable] An act of inhaling... (39 of 152 words, 12 definitions, 10 usage examples, pronunciation)

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/puff

Cambridge Dictionary:

puff [entry 1] | puff and pant

to breathe fast and with difficulty, usually because you have been doing exercise | "puff and pant": to breathe fast and with difficulty, usually ... (23 of 54 words, 2 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/puff 1

puff [entry 2]

to smoke tobacco (3 of 28 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/puff 2

puff [entry 3]

to blow out in clouds, or make steam or smoke do this (12 of 39 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/puff 3

puff [entry 4]

a small amount of smoke, air or something that can rise into the air in a small cloud (18 of 54 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/puff 4

puff [entry 5]

a type of sweet cake or savoury food which is made from puff pastry and is filled with different food (20 of 31 words, 2 usage examples, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/puff 5

puff [entry 6] | puff piece

([United States] "puff piece") [informal mainly disapproving] a piece of writing or speech which praises something too much (18 of 26 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/puff 6

puff [entry 7, informal] | be out of puff

to be breathing with difficulty because you have been doing physical exercise (12 of 24 words, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/puff 7

puff [entry 8]

an act of smoking (4 of 23 words, 1 usage example, pronunciation)

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/puff 8

Britannica Encyclopedia:

drag [fluid mechanics]

Force exerted by a fluid stream on any obstacle in its path or felt by an object moving through a fluid. Its magnitude and how it may be reduced are ... (30 of 127 words, 1 image)

www​.britannica​.com​/E​Bchecked​/topic​/170738​/drag

Columbia Encyclopedia:

smoking

inhalation and exhalation of the fumes of burning tobacco in cigars and cigarettes and pipes. Some persons draw the smoke into their lungs; others do ... (25 of 139 words)

www​.infoplease​.com​/ce​6​/sci​/A​0845655​.html

Encarta Dictionary:

puff | puffs [plural] | puffed [past tense] | puffing [present participle]

a short sudden rush of air, wind, gas, or smoke | the short sound made by a rush of air or gas | the amount of substance contained in a puff | a short ... (31 of 338 words, 20 definitions, pronunciation)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 1861736001​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology references

Online Etymology:

puff

Origin: Old English pyffian "an act of puffing", of imitative origin. Used of small swellings and round protuberances since 1530s. Meaning "type of ... (22 of 68 etymology words)

www​.etymonline​.com​/index​.php term=puff

New World Dictionary:

puff

Origin: Middle English puf from Old English pyff from the verb | Middle English puffen from Old English pyffan, of echoic originally

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/puff

Oxford Dictionary:

puff | puff something out/up | puff out/up | be puffed up

Origin: Middle English: imitative of the sound of a breath, perhaps from Old English pyf (noun), pyffan (verb)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/puff

Collins Dictionary:

puff

Origin: Old English pyffan; related to Dutch German puffen, Swiss pfuffen, Norwegian puffa, all of imitative origin

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/puff

American Heritage Dictionary:

puff | puffed [past tense] | puffing [present participle] | puffs [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: From Middle English puffen, to puff, from Old English pyffan, perhaps of imitative origin.

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/puff

Wiktionary:

puff | puffed [past tense] | puffing [present participle] | puffs [3rd-person singular present]

Origin: Old English pyffian

en​.wiktionary​.org​/wiki​/puff

Merriam-Webster:

puff [entry 1, verb]

First use: before 12th century

Origin: Middle English, from Old English pyffan, of imitative origin

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/puff

Audio references

Collins Dictionary:

puff

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "puff"

www​.collinsdictionary​.com​/dictionary​/english​/puff

Macmillan British Dictionary:

puff [noun] | puffs [plural]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "puff"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/puff 13

puff | puffed [past tense] | puffing [present participle] | puffs [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: British English pronunciation of "puff"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/british​/puff

Macmillan American Dictionary:

puff [countable, noun] | puffs [plural]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "puff"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/puff 11

puff [verb] | puffed [past tense] | puffing [present participle] | puffs [3rd-person singular present]

Audio: North American pronunciation of "puff"

www​.macmillandictionary​.com​/dictionary​/american​/puff

Cambridge Dictionary:

puff [entry 1]

Audio 1: British English pronunuciation of "puff"

Audio 2: North American English pronunuciation of "puff"

dictionary​.cambridge​.org​/dictionary​/british​/puff 1

the Free Dictionary:

puff

Audio 1: North American English pronunciation of "puff"

Audio 2: British English pronunciation of "puff"

Audio 3: North American English pronunciation of "puff" by speech synthesizer

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Google Dictionary:

puff | puffs [plural] | puffed [past tense] | puffing [present participle]

Audio: English pronunciation of "puff"

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Merriam-Webster Pronunciation:

puff

Audio: North American pronunciation of "puff"

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/audio​.php file=puff​0001 word=puff

YourDictionary Audio:

puff

Audio: North American English pronunciation of "puff" by speech synthesizer

www​.yourdictionary​.com​/puff

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