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  • puff — [puf] n. [ME puf < OE pyff < the v.] 1. a) a short, sudden burst or gust, as of wind, or an expulsion, as of breath b) the sound of this c) a small quantity of vapor, smoke, etc. expelled at one time 2. a draw at a cigarette, pipe, etc …   English World dictionary

  • Puff — Puff, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Puffed} (p[u^]ft); p. pr. & vb. n. {Puffing}.] [Akin to G. puffen to pop, buffet, puff, D. poffen to pop, puffen to blow, Sw. puffa to push, to cuff, Dan. puffe to pop, thump. See {Puff}, n.] 1. To blow in puffs, or… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Puffed — Puff Puff, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Puffed} (p[u^]ft); p. pr. & vb. n. {Puffing}.] [Akin to G. puffen to pop, buffet, puff, D. poffen to pop, puffen to blow, Sw. puffa to push, to cuff, Dan. puffe to pop, thump. See {Puff}, n.] 1. To blow in puffs,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • Puffing — Puff Puff, v. i. [imp. & p. p. {Puffed} (p[u^]ft); p. pr. & vb. n. {Puffing}.] [Akin to G. puffen to pop, buffet, puff, D. poffen to pop, puffen to blow, Sw. puffa to push, to cuff, Dan. puffe to pop, thump. See {Puff}, n.] 1. To blow in puffs,… …   The Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • whiffle — [hwif′əl, wif′əl] vi. whiffled, whiffling [freq. of WHIFF] 1. to blow fitfully; blow in puffs or gusts: said of the wind 2. to shift or veer about; vacillate vt. to blow or scatter with or as with a puff of wind …   English World dictionary

  • whif|fle — «HWIHF uhl», verb, fled, fling, noun. –v.i. 1. to blow in puffs or gusts. 2. a) (of the wind or a ship) to veer or shift (about). b) Figurative. to back and fill; vacillate. 3. to blow lightly; …   Useful english dictionary

  • puff — I. n. Whiff, sudden gust; short, quick blast. II. v. n. 1. Blow in puffs. 2. Pant, breathe hard. III. v. a. 1. Blow. 2. Swell, inflate. 3. Praise ( …   New dictionary of synonyms

  • The Books — Infobox musical artist 2 Name = The Books Img capt = Left to right: Nick Zammuto, Paul de Jong Background = group or band Origin = New York City, New York, United States Instruments = Genre = Electronic music, Folk, Experimental, Folktronica… …   Wikipedia

  • faff Brit. — faff Brit. informal verb spend time in ineffectual activity. noun ineffectual activity. Origin C18 (orig. dialect in the sense blow in puffs , describing the wind): imitative …   English new terms dictionary

  • whiffle —   v.i. blow in puffs or gusts; make a light whistling sound; be evasive; vacillate.    ♦ whiffler n. evasive or vacillating person; attendant who cleared the way for a procession …   Dictionary of difficult words

  • faff — Brit. informal ► VERB ▪ bustle ineffectually. ► NOUN ▪ ineffectual activity. ORIGIN originally dialect in the sense «blow in puffs», describing the wind …   English terms dictionary

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