puffier; puffiest
: 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
: blowing in puffs : gusty
a strong, puffy wind
: 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 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 The shoe comes in three sleek colorways of white, creme, and black in with puffy details around the shoe’s edges and panels on the sides. Kerane Marcellus, Essence, 31 May 2024 The fun, braided straps have a puffy cushioned feel and the square toe lets your feet stretch out, which will come in handy in case of summer swelling. Sanah Faroke, Travel + Leisure, 27 May 2024 While Honnold was battling the Rainbow Wall and nearly 90 degree heat in Red Rock last week, Siegrist and his wife, Shaina Savoy, huddled in puffy jackets between pitches on the cool limestone of nearby Mt. Charleston. Jack Dolan, Los Angeles Times, 22 May 2024 The children were smiling angelically in the framed photograph that superimposed their images on a puffy white cloud. Jeff Barker, Baltimore Sun, 10 Mar. 2024 See all Example Sentences for puffy 

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Word History

First Known Use

circa 1594, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Time Traveler
The first known use of puffy was circa 1594

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“Puffy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/puffy. Accessed 17 Jun. 2024.

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