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puffy

[puhf-ee] /ˈpʌf i/
adjective, puffier, puffiest.
1.
2.
short-winded; panting.
3.
inflated, distended, or swollen.
4.
fat; plump.
5.
6.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; puff + -y1
Related forms
puffily, adverb
puffiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for puffiness

puffy

adj.

1610s, of wind, "gusty," from puff + -y (2). Of other things, "swollen," from 1660s. Earliest attested use is figurative, "bombastic" (1590s). Related: Puffily; puffiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for puffiness

puffy

adjective
  1. Obese; bloated: these strutting athletes and puffy officials (1664+)
  2. Very favorable; adulatory; drum-beating: Even the stern People's Daily ran extraordinarily puffy coverage of Reagan (1980+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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