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noun puff pronunciation in British English /pʌf/
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  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. a.
      a sound like someone blowing or breathing out air

      the puff, puff of the old steam engine

    2. 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.

  4. 4
    [countable] a type of small pie made of pastry with something soft inside

    a cheese/cream puff

  5. 5
    [countable] something that someone says or writes in order to advertise or praise something in public

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in an online conversation, repeatedly asking a person questions which suggest that you are interested in what they are talking about, but are actually intended to annoy them

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