\ 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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Kelty Bestie Blanket Bring two warm, washable, packable puffy blankets: one for cuddling when the temperature drops, and a spare in case of airsickness. Wirecutter Staff, New York Times, "Flying With Children? We Have the Gear You Need," 15 June 2019 The brand is Moncler, which became the first company to put puffy down jackets on the fashion runway and sell them for a fortune. Joshua Levine, WSJ, "How CEO Remo Ruffini Is Reinventing Moncler for a Faster Fashion World," 8 Oct. 2018 The red patches are more even, the pimples are less puffy. Sam Escobar, Good Housekeeping, "I Gave Up Popping My Pimples for a Week — And Here's What Happened," 12 Aug. 2015 No, they won't entirely get rid of that puffy, blue-ish tinge or erase wrinkles overnight, but there are a handful of options with ingredients that actually do tighten, brighten, and generally make your need for concealer a little less. Glamour, "13 Eye Creams That Actually Work, According to Glamour Editors," 7 Mar. 2019 My nose was Rudolph-crimson, my eyes puffy, and a splotch of scarlet bloomed in the middle of each cheek, like on a Russian nesting doll. Nadia Berenstein, SELF, "Holiday Parties Bring Out the Worst of My Rosacea," 19 Dec. 2018 Such products are not entirely without risk: a group of customers recently filed a class action lawsuit against Rodan & Fields, saying that their Lash Boost product left them with red, puffy, and sometimes crusty eyes. Katie Heaney, The Cut, "Do Lash Growth Serums Actually Work?," 2 May 2018 The puffy, soft pita bread, brought out regularly from a blue-tiled, wood-burning oven, is a thing of wonder. Paul Oswell, Condé Nast Traveler, "21 Best Restaurants in New Orleans," 28 Feb. 2018 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

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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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