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British English: /pʌf/
American English: /pəf/

Translation of puff in French:


  • 1
    (of air, smoke, steam) bouffée (f)
    (of breath: from mouth) souffle (m)
    to blow out the candles in one puff
    souffler les bougies d'un seul coup
    to take a puff at
    tirer une bouffée de (cigarette, pipe)
    to vanish ou disappear in a puff of smoke
    disparaître dans un nuage de fumée
    partir en fumée
    puffs of cloud
    quelques petits nuages
  • 5 (British English) [informal] [pejorative] (homosexual)
    tante (f) [slang] [offensive]
  • 6 [informal]
    (favourable review) article (m) élogieux
    (favourable publicity) battage (m) [informal]
    to give a puff to
    faire du battage autour de (play, show)

transitive verb

  • 1
    tirer sur (pipe)
    to puff smoke
    (person, chimney, train)
    lancer des bouffées de fumée
    to puff smoke into somebody's face
    envoyer de la fumée à la figure de quelqu'un
  • 2 [informal] (praise)
    faire du battage autour de [informal] (book, film, play)

intransitive verb

  • 1 smoke puffed from the chimney
    des bouffées de fumée s'échappaient de la cheminée
    to puff (away) at
    tirer des bouffées de (pipe, cigarette)
    to puff in/out/along
    entrer/sortir/avancer en lançant des bouffées de fumée
  • 2 (pant) he was puffing hard ou puffing and panting
    il soufflait comme un bœuf
    she came puffing and blowing up the hill
    elle s'essoufflait en montant la côte

Phrasal verbs

puff out

1 puff out
se gonfler
(sleeve, skirt)
2 puff out [something], puff [something] out 2.1 (swell)
gonfler (sails)
to puff out one's cheeks
gonfler ses joues
to puff out one's chest the bird puffed out its feathers
l'oiseau a hérissé ses plumes
2.2 (give out) to puff out smoke
(person, chimney, train)
lancer des bouffées de fumée
3 puff [somebody] out [informal] the run had puffed him out [informal]
il était tout essoufflé d'avoir couru

puff up

1 puff up
se hérisser
2 puff up [something], puff [something] up
hérisser (feathers, fur)
her eyes were all puffed up
elle avait les yeux bouffis
to be puffed up with pride
être rempli d'orgueil
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