1. A sudden and single emission of breath from the mouth; hence, any sudden or short blast of wind; a slight gust; a whiff.
  2. Anything light and filled with air.
  3. A puffball.
  4. a kind of light pastry.
  5. A utensil of the toilet for dusting the skin or hair with powder.
  6. An exaggerated or empty expression of praise, especially one in a public journal.
  7. To blow in puffs, or with short and sudden whiffs.
  8. To blow, as an expression of scorn; -- with at.
  9. To breathe quick and hard, or with puffs, as after violent exertion.
  10. To swell with air; to be dilated or inflated.
  11. To breathe in a swelling, inflated, or pompous manner; hence, to assume importance.

v. t.

  1. To drive with a puff, or with puffs.
  2. To repel with words; to blow at contemptuously.
  3. To cause to swell or dilate; to inflate; to ruffle with puffs; -- often with up; as, a bladder puffed with air.
  4. To inflate with pride, flattery, self-esteem, or the like; -- often with up.
  5. To praise with exaggeration; to flatter; to call public attention to by praises; to praise unduly.


  1. Puffed up; vain.