puffy

adjective
\ 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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Other Words from puffy

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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In fact, this is why the medicine’s makers explicitly caution against using it for puffy eyes. Shannon Romanowski, SELF, "Does Preparation H Actually Help Treat Puffy Eyes?," 28 Dec. 2018 But for $160, Everlane’s extra-puffy option will do the trick thanks to its microfiber thermal insulation and boxy fit with a hidden drawstring waist that's designed to keep in heat. Lindsey Murray, Good Housekeeping, "Everlane's ReNew Puffer With a 38,000 Person Waitlist Is Back in Stock," 29 Oct. 2018 Everything from sneakers to capes to puffy vests were rainbow, a nod to the show’s dedication to LGBTQ+ youth. Amanda Arnold, The Cut, "Scenes From Christopher Bailey’s Emotional Final Burberry Show," 18 Feb. 2018 The beauty world has come up with a solution: eye masks soaked in serum that promise to brighten our undereyes, smooth any fine lines, and deflate puffy bags in 20 minutes flat. Rachel Nussbaum, Glamour, "11 Eye Patches That’ll Make Monday Mornings Look a Little Less Rough," 29 Oct. 2018 For her girl's day out, Ariana wore a puffy white parka paired with grey leggings and white boots, and finished the look with a pair of oversized pearl earrings. Zoë Weiner, Teen Vogue, "Ariana Grande Went on a Shopping Spree at Chanel Following Her Split From Pete Davidson," 22 Oct. 2018 Despite their extremely comfortable appearance, with lots of puffy fabric, strips of cloth, and a generally soft look, ghillie suits are not fun to wear. Kyle Mizokami, Popular Mechanics, "The U.S. Army Is Testing a New Sniper Suit," 4 Oct. 2018 There are large puffy inserts in front of the passenger and on the doors, and the driver is treated to an instrument cluster that pairs an analog speedometer with a multi-functional digital display. Gary Gastelu, Fox News, "The 2019 Honda Insight is a strangely normal hybrid," 24 Aug. 2018 There's also an entire drawer full of puffy stickers—because in Violette's world, makeup is the ultimate expression of fun. Jenna Rosenstein, Harper's BAZAAR, "Go Inside Makeup Artist Violette's Beauty Stash," 18 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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puffy

adjective

English Language Learners Definition of puffy

: larger than normal
: soft and light

puffy

adjective
\ 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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