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verb     puff pronunciation in British English
Word Forms
present tense
present participlepuffing
past tensepuffed
past participlepuffed
  1. 1
    [intransitive/transitive] to smoke a cigarette, pipe etc
    puff on/at:

    Grandad sat in the corner and puffed on his pipe.

  2. 2
    [intransitive] to breathe or blow out air noisily, especially because you have been running, climbing etc

    He was puffing a bit when he reached the top.

    1. a.
      to move while making a sound like someone breathing noisily
      puff along/up/down etc:

      The little train puffed along.

    See also huff1
  3. 3
    [intransitive/transitive] to say something in a way that shows you are annoyed and offended, especially when this makes you look rather silly

    ‘How dare you?’ he puffed.

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