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

Translation of puff in Spanish:


  • 1 countable 1.1 (of wind, air) a puff of smoke
    una bocanada de humo
    all our plans went up in a puff of smoke
    todos nuestros planes quedaron en la nada
    Example sentences
    • But soon the pain stopped and I sat there, my breath coming in short puffs.
    • Ansley could hear his breath coming in short puffs, even over the thundering of hooves that filled her ears.
    • At precisely the point of the peak of the roof, just a gentle puff of wind can determine the destiny of many raindrops.
    1.2 (action) she blew out all the candles with a single puff
    apagó todas las velas de un soplo or soplido
    he took a few puffs on or at his cigarette
    le dio unas chupadas al cigarrillo
    dio unas pitadas
    dio unas caladas (Spain)
    Example sentences
    • He took a long puff of his cigar then sighed, blowing a steady stream of smoke.
    • The Rat Cutter took a few defiant puffs on his cigar.
    • ‘I can talk until I'm blue in the face,’ he once famously said, in between puffs on his Dominican cigar.
    1.3 (sound)
    Example sentences
    • Soon with a whistle and a puff a steam train chugged through the snaky valley below.
    • Letting a puff of tired laughter escape his lips, Shanza added, ‘I spoke to Dezra.’
    • Three puffs of steam from the ship's whistle verified it received and understood the message.
  • 2 uncountable (breath) (British) [colloquial] to run out of puff
    quedarse sin aliento
    Example sentences
    • Two musicians had enough puff left over after blowing their instruments to chase a thief who stole their band's collection bucket.
    • Scotland isn't very good at blowing its own trumpet, but luckily Tommy has puff to spare.
    • Defending himself Mr Stickley said: ‘I suffer from asthma and so I could not bring up enough puff for the test.’
  • 3 countable (Cooking)
    pastelito (masculine) de hojaldre
    milhojas (masculine)
    Example sentences
    • The wrapper may be plain bread dough but rich layered pastry is more characteristic, either filo or rough puff paste, made by the familiar sequence of buttering, folding, and rolling.
    • So does a wonderful dessert of fried plantain puffs centered with a pudding-like custard that's slightly sweet against the banana tartness.
    • There were chocolate cake, chocolate mouse, ice cream, crème caramel, cheesecake and custard puffs.
  • 4 countable (ornament)
    bullón (masculine)
    (before noun) puff sleeves
    mangas (feminine plural) abombadas or abullonadas
    Example sentences
    • Anyways, this sleeves of this dress are examples of ‘deflated puffs.’
    • You watch her too, you watch her all the time. You were there when she was nobody, in the days when she still wore frills and shoulder puffs and smiled that terribly shy smile you thought was beautiful.
    • I used a Sky Blue Bridal Satin for the main dress and White Bridal Satin with White Organza overlays as the skirt puffs and sleeves.
  • 5 countable (favorable comment) [colloquial]to give something a puff
    darle bombo a algo [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • Kate's publisher offers us two brief ‘reviews’, which most of us would call puffs, from other writers, and a link to a longer review in the New York Times.
    • It stemmed from 17th-cent. abstracts of books and comments on publishers' puffs.
    • The other two books were by British authors, both of them well known in the thriller genre, and both books had covers which carried enthusiastic puffs from big names.

transitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (blow) don't puff cigarette smoke in my eyes
    no me eches el humo del cigarrillo a los ojos
    Example sentences
    • He filled it with tobacco and lit it, puffing the sweet smelling smoke around the car.
    • Boiling pools of dark mysterious liquid puff smoke of rancid sulphur fumes.
    • She puffs some smoke into the younger girl's face to emphasize.
    1.2 (smoke)
    dar chupadas a
    dar pitadas a (Latin America)
    dar caladas a (Spain)
    Example sentences
    • One of the remaining models pulled out a cigarette and puffed on it nervously in an attempt to relieve the stress.
    • Gil puffed on his cigarette and sipped his brandy.
    • Candice sat beside him and poked him in the ribs as she puffed on a cigarette, ‘So?’
    1.3 (say) what a lot of stairs, he puffed
    —¡cuántas escaleras! —dijo resoplando or bufando
  • 2 (praise) [colloquial]
    darle bombo a [colloquial]
    Example sentences
    • Sterne then wrote a letter puffing his work which he passed off as the spontaneous praise of the young singer, Catherine Fourmantel, then his mistress.
    • He has not been afraid to publish letters praising his own letters; What We've Lost is puffed in this month's magazine.

intransitive verb

  • 1 1.1 (blow) 1.2 (smoke)to puff on or at something
    (on cigarette/cigar/pipe)
    dar chupadas or (Latin America also) pitadas or (Spain also) caladas a algo
  • 2 (pant) I puffed up the stairs
    subí las escaleras resoplando
    Example sentences
    • She noticed that she had crawled under the table, puffing and breathing hard.
    • She slid into the seat behind me, huffing and puffing like she was breathing with one lung.
    • Adam swayed back and forth, gasping and puffing.

Phrasal verbs

puff out

1verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (expand)
2verb + object + adverb (make out of breath) (British) [colloquial]
dejar sin aliento
dejar echando los bofes [colloquial]

puff up

1verb + adverb (swell)
2verb + object + adverb, verb + adverb + object (inflate) (British) [colloquial]
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