\ ˈpə-fē How to pronounce puffy (audio) \
puffier; puffiest

Definition of puffy

1a : swollen in size : bloated puffy lips … Hagrid gazed at him for a moment through his puffy, blackened eyes, apparently taken aback.— J. K. Rowling … who was … blind drunk, her voice slurry and her face puffy.— Edna O'Brien also : chubby Fatty Hicks, the shrill and puffy son of Nat, flapped his hand at the beautiful stranger … — Sinclair Lewis
b : having a puffed up form or appearance : soft, light, and fluffy puffy white clouds a puffy bun puffy hair It is very difficult to shake hands when you're wearing ski mittens. They're so puffy and fat it's like shaking hands with giant marshmallows.— Ann M. Martin Not far away is a Georgian bakery where we found long, puffy loaves of wonderfully crisp bread.— Jeffrey Steingarten
2 : blowing in puffs : gusty a strong, puffy wind
3 : characterized by vanity or ostentation : pompous, showy puffy rhetoric All of my small, puffy pride at being the skipper of a tiny unit in a great nation victorious over the forces of evil seemed to blow away before the drunken racket of those three thousand men.— Louis Auchincloss

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puffiness \ ˈpə-​fē-​nəs How to pronounce puffiness (audio) \ noun
Symptoms include nausea and vomiting, muscle weakness, headache and disorientation, as well as bloating and puffiness in the face and fingers. — Susan Gilbert

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To get your San Antonio puffy taco fix, hit Ray's Drive Inn (822 SW 19th), an unpretentious westside treasure. Houston Chronicle, "Austin, Waco, New Orleans and more: An easy guide to easy getaways from Houston," 10 May 2018 The library’s entrance hall—usually frequented by frazzled-looking graduate students, puffy-coated tourists, and homeless people seeking shelter—had been transformed. Junot Díaz, The New Yorker, "Sarah Jessica Parker Helps Dolce & Gabbana Bring Luxe to the Library," 17 Apr. 2018 And as most seasoned New Yorkers layer puffy parkas over cashmere sweaters, model Emily Ratajkowski had another idea. Jenna Rennert, Vogue, "Emily Ratajkowski Nails the Mid-Winter Ab Reveal," 6 Mar. 2019 This sticky film can accumulate on your teeth and lead to issues like cavities and sore, puffy gums. Korin Miller, SELF, "What Is a Water Flosser and Should You Be Using One?," 26 Feb. 2019 The picture shows Pine looking quite alive and very much a part of the new movie's '80s setting, just based on fashion alone (tube socks, shorts above the knee, puffy hair). David Betancourt, chicagotribune.com, "Is a major 'Wonder Woman' character back from the dead for the sequel?," 13 June 2018 While over-the-top dressing is pretty much a prerequisite for attending Couture Week, this John Doe’s dramatic gown—made in a filmy material with puffy sleeves and a full, floor-length skirt—was just undeniably fun and next-level. Christian Allaire, Vogue, "Who Was the Fabulous Mystery Man at Valentino’s Couture Show?," 24 Jan. 2019 Those who dare to bare often stay warmer than ever up top in puffy coats, big hats and scarves. Betsy Mckay, WSJ, "It’s February, Why Are There Bare Ankles Everywhere?," 13 Feb. 2019 Many were dressed puffy coats tied up with belts and in pretty pastel or cool-toned colors, except for the occasional pop of orange. Sarah Spellings, The Cut, "Ankle iPhone Holsters Appear at Couture Fashion Week," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of puffy

circa 1594 , in the meaning defined at sense 3

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The first known use of puffy was circa 1594

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English Language Learners Definition of puffy

: larger than normal
: soft and light


\ ˈpə-fē\
puffier; puffiest

Kids Definition of puffy

1 : somewhat swollen a puffy face
2 : soft, light, and rounded … It is very difficult to shake hands when you're wearing ski mittens. They're so puffy— Ann M. Martin, Baby-sitters' Winter Vacation
3 : breathless sense 1 He was still puffy after the long run.
4 : blowing in puffs puffy smoke

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