Definition of puffed in English:



  • 1also puffed outBritish Out of breath.

    ‘he felt puffed after climbing to the top of the apartment block’
    • ‘He was wearing dark shorts and a dark singlet with old white runners when he approached the girl and he was puffed out after having run up to her.’
    • ‘We started jogging and after the first one, he was puffed out.’
    • ‘After ten minutes or so, when the poor little puffed-out chap was having a breather, a smaller bird (most probably his wife, judging by the way she pecked him in the head six times) appeared and took over.’
    out of breath, breathless, short of breath, puffed out, panting, puffing, huffing and puffing, puffing and blowing, gasping, gasping for breath, wheezing, wheezy, winded, short-winded
    View synonyms
  • 2Swollen.

    ‘symptoms include puffed eyelids’
    • ‘And there are a lot more stalls of trinkets, puffed rice and coconuts on the pavement: Proof of burgeoning demand.’
    • ‘Bake in a bain-marie in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until slightly puffed-up and spongy.’
    • ‘He had about a million marshmallows in his mouth now and he looked like a big puffed-up chipmunk.’
    • ‘Days are no longer fuelled by ‘hamburger flavoured puffed wheat snacks’ and improbably flavoured, highly coloured fizzy pop.’
    • ‘All these people should find out about that, because you want to know which foods, like a puffed rice cake is one of the worst things that you can eat, even though it's nonfat and seems like an austere diet food.’
    • ‘He sees puffed-out chests as lads square off to prove who's more masculine.’
    • ‘It is about oversized, puffed-out proportions and dramatic silhouettes.’
    • ‘We were mighty proud of our personalized statement of annualized, culturally-mandated love for the woman nearest our hearts, and our puffed chests told the world just that.’
    • ‘The Shiv Sena chief has puffed eyes and dark under-eye circles, thanks to ceaseless barking by stray canines in the vicinity of the Thackeray residence, Matoshri, in Bandra East.’
    • ‘Expressionless except for his puffed cheeks, he blew his whistle twice, signaling us to fall in line behind the school's back door.’
    • ‘At the same time wings are drooped and body plumage puffed-out.’
    • ‘As the Queen's Guard played the national anthem I had expected puffed-out chests, hands on hearts and the proud defiance you normally associate with The Star Spangled Banner.’
    • ‘I will help you see to it that the heart behind those puffed-out pecs will never be stepped on so publicly again.’
    • ‘Then again, the last century exposed human beings to many new things (plastics, antibiotics, puffed food products) and we live longer than ever.’
    • ‘The salt water caused the kernels to swell and the puffed grain filled the hold with a fluffy nature's life preserver.’
    • ‘Make sure that you show everyone the puffed-up bags before you open them and tip the contents into warm bowls.’
    • ‘Won't the day come when puffed-out collagen-lips will seem as incomprehensible as giant shoulder pads?’
    • ‘Courtship ceremonies are delightful: the cock slowly circles the hen with puffed-out breast feather, depressed wings and fanned tail.’
    • ‘Tesha raised an eyebrow and poked Marl in the stomach, deflating his puffed-up chest.’
    • ‘Basically, any kind of puffed grain (no jokes, please) and I'm there.’
    1. 2.1 (of a sleeve or other part of a garment) gathered so as to have a rounded shape.
      ‘a dress with huge puffed sleeves’
      • ‘The garters Willie had made me from leftover elastic used for her customer's puffed sleeves that had fit me snugly were suddenly too loose.’
      • ‘Cream colored, with puffed sleeves, a skirt decorated with ribbons filled out with many layers of petticoats underneath and an extremely tight bodice.’
      • ‘Anne of Green Gables felt more confident when she got her dress with puffed sleeves.’
      • ‘Women wore a huipil with short, puffed sleeves, a tightly wrapped skirt called a refajo, and a large, bright cotton cloth on the head.’
      • ‘At other tables, several pasty-faced types in puffed-out shirts lazily gorged themselves on cruisers' cuisine.’
      • ‘Black hose revealed a well-turned leg, disappearing into puffed pumpkin hose, richly embroidered and paned in black on black.’
      • ‘It can be hard to find that perfect Elvis-style shirt - something in pink and black with a tall collar, say, or a velvet number with puffed sleeves.’
      • ‘She pulled out faded articles of clothing at first, but then she came to a long, purple, sparkling dress with puffed sleeves, a low, scooping neckline, and a wide, full skirt.’
      • ‘Summertime brings out the little girl in all of us: bubble-gum pink, flirty skirts, puffed sleeves.’
      • ‘I am also wearing a pale pink blouse with puffed short sleeves, and a hot pink singlet, and mismatching earrings, one a mid-pink heart shape, and one a pale pink circle with a hole in the middle.’
      • ‘The Eighties influence makes itself felt again in party wear, with slashed necklines, puffed sleeves, waists and skirts, halterneck tops and the accessory of accessories: the belt.’
      • ‘Pigtails, puffed sleeves in check cotton, bare midriff and a skirt that definitely wouldn't need tucking up in the milking shed.’
      • ‘She wore a flowing pale yellow skirt with ruffles and a silken blouse with puffed sleeves.’
      • ‘It seems logical that the incredible headdresses, the folded, puffed and knotted clothes, are all designed to make the wearer look bigger, taller and more impressive.’
      • ‘This is a floor-length, brightly colored cloth dress with a square neckline and short, puffed sleeves.’
      • ‘The tunic with puffed sleeves isn't going to cut it.’
      • ‘With puffed sleeves and white lace rims, she finished off her look.’
      • ‘It is garnished in silk and satin with puffed sleeves.’
      • ‘Locating them instantly, she threw on a pair of worn jeans, a red long-sleeved shirt, and a black puffed vest.’
      • ‘Their gowns were fine velvet and silk, with puffed shoulders and cascading trains.’
    2. 2.2 Denoting grains of wheat, rice, etc. that have been expanded through treatment with high-pressure steam, used especially in breakfast cereals and snack foods.
      ‘combine the rolled oats and puffed rice with the cinnamon, cardamom, and sea salt’
      • ‘As a cook, he may be a little too fond of traditional English ingredients like suet and American novelties like puffed wheat and canned corn.’
      • ‘Foods with high glycemic indexes, including white rice, watermelon, puffed wheat and rice, and baked potatoes, contain carbohydrates that break down quickly.’
      • ‘Those who ate the rolled oats were able to cycle significantly longer than those who ate the puffed rice, due to greater glucose availability.’
      • ‘The company limited the distribution of products like chile and lime puffed wheat snacks to smaller mom-and-pop retail operations in Mexican-dominated areas.’
      • ‘I never want to see another grain of puffed wheat in my life.’
      • ‘The puffed grains are then dried off before they can collapse.’
      • ‘It is pulling its unsweetened puffed rice, unsweetened puffed rice, and puffed wheat cereals from store shelves.’
      • ‘Snacks include fruits such as banana, mango, and jackfruit, as well as puffed rice and small fried food items.’