\ 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

Keep scrolling for more

Other Words from puffy

puffiness \ ˈpə-​fē-​nəs How to pronounce puffy (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 Video surveillance about that time captured a woman in a white puffy coat enter the hotel about 11 a.m. oregonlive, 5 June 2021 Overcast skies opened up, and puffy clouds formed for a heavenly sunset. oregonlive, 23 June 2021 Some puffy clouds are hovering over the Pharmalot campus, but our spirits remain sunny. Ed Silverman, STAT, 22 June 2021 In a cloudy New York City, the partial eclipse peeked from behind gray, puffy clouds as residents commuted to work. Julia Musto, Fox News, 10 June 2021 Each counterclockwise swirl of wind or burst of puffy clouds there has the potential to organize into a life-threatening tropical storm. Paul Douglas, Star Tribune, 28 May 2021 Through Tonight: Any puffy clouds of the day will dissipate, leaving us clear heading into the night, with perhaps a patch or two of high clouds late. Washington Post, 23 June 2021 Mountainfilm has gained a reputation over 42 years for airing some of the best documentaries about the outdoors, and significantly increasing the number of puffy jackets per square mile in Telluride, Colorado, for a week every May. Erin Berger, Outside Online, 27 May 2021 The puffy, round cheese breads are commonplace throughout the country. Adrian Spinelli, San Francisco Chronicle, 27 May 2021

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'puffy.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of puffy

circa 1594, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About puffy

Time Traveler for puffy

Time Traveler

The first known use of puffy was circa 1594

See more words from the same year

Statistics for puffy

Last Updated

20 Jul 2021

Cite this Entry

“Puffy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puffy. Accessed 24 Jul. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Keep scrolling for more

More Definitions for puffy



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

More from Merriam-Webster on puffy

Thesaurus: All synonyms and antonyms for puffy

Nglish: Translation of puffy for Spanish Speakers

Britannica English: Translation of puffy for Arabic Speakers


Test Your Vocabulary

Farm Idioms Quiz

  • cow coming home
  • What does 'poke' refer to in the expression 'pig in a poke'?
True or False

Test your knowledge - and maybe learn something along the way.

Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!