puffy

adjective \ ˈpə-fē \
Updated on: 11 Sep 2017

Definition of puffy

puffier; puffiest
1 a :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
: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

puffiness

play \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

First Known Use of puffy

circa 1594


PUFFY Defined for Kids

puffy

adjective \ ˈpə-fē \

Definition of puffy for Students

puffier; puffiest
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 1
  • He was still puffy after the long run.
4 :blowing in puffs
  • puffy smoke

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