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noun British English pronunciation: puff /pʌf/ 
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pluralpuffs
 
  1. 1
    [countable] the action of breathing in smoke from a cigarette, pipe etc

    She put the cigarette out after a few puffs.

  2. 2
    [countable] the action of blowing or breathing out air so that it makes a sound

    Her breath came in short painful puffs.

    1. b.
      British informal enough breath or strength to do something

      We ran out of puff before we got to the top of the hill.

  3. 3
    [countable] a small amount of smoke, wind, or air that comes and goes quickly
    puff of:

    There was a small bang, and then a puff of blue smoke.

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