\ 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

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 Let rise for 1 to 1 ½ hours, until the dough is puffy and noticeably grown. Ruby Tandoh, The New Yorker, 7 Aug. 2022 The outcome is a custard-like airy pancake that's puffy with a crispy exterior. Susan Selasky, Detroit Free Press, 20 July 2022 The next day my face was puffy, but there was no pain. Fani Mari, Allure, 3 May 2022 The dough was puffy and fresh with a gooey layer of melted mozzarella. Andi Berlin, The Arizona Republic, 5 Oct. 2021 The group of men from India who ran to the wall remained in tight formation, sweating profusely in puffy coats and cold-weather gear. Washington Post, 8 July 2022 Aside from puffy coats, crop tops, and cut-out catsuits, A$AP Rocky says Rihanna can often be found wearing clothes straight from his closet. Emily Tannenbaum, Glamour, 2 July 2022 Clusters of women and children, bundled in puffy coats and lugging suitcases and backpacks, passed through the pedestrian gate in an unending stream. Seth Harp, Harper’s Magazine , 22 June 2022 Both Kim Kardashin and Billie Eilish have favored long, puffy coats in a deep crimson color. Christian Allaire, Vogue, 12 Dec. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of puffy

circa 1594, in the meaning defined at sense 3

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“Puffy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puffy. Accessed 25 Sep. 2022.

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More Definitions for puffy


\ 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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