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[puhf-ee] /ˈpʌf i/
adjective, puffier, puffiest.
short-winded; panting.
inflated, distended, or swollen.
fat; plump.
Origin of puffy
1590-1600; puff + -y1
Related forms
puffily, adverb
puffiness, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for puffy
  • It looked as if she had had something done to her lips, which appeared puffy and swollen.
  • puffy said he would launch an immediate investigation, and sever all links with the factory if there was any proof of wrongdoing.
  • There are no rigid supports in these lightweight wind catchers, which resemble puffy parachutes and fold up for easy transport.
  • The crust is light, with a puffy edge and yeasty chew.
  • Nowadays, sugar is mixed with corn syrup to make the fluffy guts of these puffy poultry.
  • Body fluids move all over the place, leaving them with puffy faces.
  • puffy hopes to dignify the urban life and package it for people who may never have entered a city.
  • They become puffy and bright red and start to recede, leaving more and more of the tooth's root exposed.
  • At first, the three dancers shiver in puffy jackets that make them resemble upholstered chickens.
  • The bridge of his nose was puffy and blue from his last bout, a few hours earlier.
British Dictionary definitions for puffy


adjective puffier, puffiest
short of breath
swollen or bloated: a puffy face
pompous or conceited
blowing in gusts
Derived Forms
puffily, adverb
puffiness, noun
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Word Origin and History for puffy

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 puffy


  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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