\ˈpə-fē \
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 \ 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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After a decade-plus of fighting frizz and straightening my hair flat, something a little fluffy and puffy feels like a comfortable identity. Simone Kitchens, The Strategist, "I Own 7 of These Tangle-Teasing Brushes," 15 Mar. 2018 Scrubbing too hard will only irritate and inflame the skin, causing it to look red and puffy. Lauren Valenti, Marie Claire, "6 No-B.S. Ways to Minimize Pores for Good," 19 Sep. 2017 So even short trips require a pack capacity of at least 40 liters (50 liters gives you room to throw in an extra puffy jacket). Kelly Bastone, Outside Online, "The Best Women’s Backpacking Packs," 13 July 2018 Plus, those dark, dreary winter days can take a toll on workouts, and bulky sweaters and puffy coats provide good cover for cozying up to comfort food a little too often. Samantha Cassetty, NBC News, "What you need to know about summer weight gain (and how to avoid it)," 9 June 2018 The Wilbur, 246 Tremont St., Boston. 617-248-9700, www.thewilbur.com NICK A. ZAINO III Family 35th ANNUAL HARVARD SQUARE MAYFAIR Trade in your puffy down jacket for a big sun hat, because spring is finally here after an obnoxiously long winter. BostonGlobe.com, "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 4 May 2018 For this illustration, artist @ignasimonreal places a crystal headband from #GucciGift on the @dapperdanharlem homage look from #GucciCruise18—a plush jacket with puffy sleeves monogrammed in GG motif. Chelsea Peng, Marie Claire, "5 Incredibly Low-Effort Ways to Dress Better in 2018," 30 Nov. 2017 Start your speculations now—mostly based on who looks good in a puffy vest. Megan Friedman, Cosmopolitan, "The Bachelor Winter Games Just Announced Its Cast, and This Is Going to Be Wild," 9 Jan. 2018 But getting gorgeous wedding pictures that stand the test of time (unlike Dad’s ’70s flares or Mom’s puffy sleeves) can be one less thing to worry about. Lili Göksenin, Vogue, "How To Look Good In Wedding Photos—The Definitive Insider's Guide," 23 June 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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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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