\ 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

Examples of puffy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web For eyes, Curél Moisture Eye Zone Essence is a featherlight gel-cream that doesn't clog pores or make skin puffy. Jacqueline Kilikita, refinery29.com, "I’m Never Going Back To Heavy Makeup Post-Quarantine," 19 June 2020 Video shows the suspect, a black male, about age 25 with a medium build, medium brown complexion, full beard and mustache, and wearing a black skull cap, black puffy jacket, black pants with white stripes and tan boots. Jim Schaefer, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit police seek suspect in non-fatal shooting caught on security video," 22 Feb. 2020 Erin’s strapless lace dress featured a plunging neckline, puffy sleeves, a high slit and a ruffled bodice. Hanna Flanagan, PEOPLE.com, "Erin Foster Marries Simon Tikhman on New Year's Eve with Dad David Foster Walking Her Down the Aisle," 1 Jan. 2020 Through the transplant, those long nights in the chair by his bedside, watching his chest rise and fall, his hand, puffy from fluids, in yours. Daniela J. Lamas, New York Times, "To My Patients’ Family Members, My Apologies," 20 May 2020 The egg instantly inflates into a puffy, crispy, custardy pillow. Adam Rapoport, Bon Appétit, "What We Can Learn From Chefs Cooking at Home," 19 May 2020 Smooth each pillow from the middle out to the edges to get them super puffy and stand the pillows straight up so the bed looks inviting and full, Casiano advises. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "12 Home Cleaning Hacks From Hotel Housekeeping and Professional Organizers," 5 May 2020 My comically puffy cone hat keeps my head warm in my cold house and my mind calmer, in a placebo sort of way. George Mccalman, SFChronicle.com, "What Bay Area folks and fashionistas are wearing as we shelter in place," 1 May 2020 During a pregame celebration, a band played on the concourse, and the lead singer wore a puffy winter coat and pink mittens. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "No mistaking Detroit Tigers' Daniel Pinero — he's the guy with game winning hit," 21 Feb. 2020

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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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“Puffy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puffy. Accessed 11 Aug. 2020.

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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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