Puff Puff, v. t. 1. To drive with a puff, or with puffs. [1913 Webster]

The clearing north will puff the clouds away. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

2. To repel with words; to blow at contemptuously. [1913 Webster]

I puff the prostitute away. --Dryden. [1913 Webster]

3. To cause to swell or dilate; to inflate; to ruffle with puffs; -- often with up; as, a bladder puffed with air. [1913 Webster]

The sea puffed up with winds. --Shak. [1913 Webster]

4. To inflate with pride, flattery, self-esteem, or the like; -- often with up. [1913 Webster]

Puffed up with military success. --Jowett (Thucyd. ) [1913 Webster]

5. To praise with exaggeration; to flatter; to call public attention to by praises; to praise unduly. `` Puffed with wonderful skill.'' --Macaulay. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.


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