Definition of puffed in US English:


(also puffed up)


  • 1Swollen.

    ‘puffed eyelids’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘At the same time wings are drooped and body plumage puffed-out.’
    • ‘Expressionless except for his puffed cheeks, he blew his whistle twice, signaling us to fall in line behind the school's back door.’
    • ‘He sees puffed-out chests as lads square off to prove who's more masculine.’
    • ‘The salt water caused the kernels to swell and the puffed grain filled the hold with a fluffy nature's life preserver.’
    • ‘Basically, any kind of puffed grain (no jokes, please) and I'm there.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Days are no longer fuelled by ‘hamburger flavoured puffed wheat snacks’ and improbably flavoured, highly coloured fizzy pop.’
    • ‘Won't the day come when puffed-out collagen-lips will seem as incomprehensible as giant shoulder pads?’
    • ‘Tesha raised an eyebrow and poked Marl in the stomach, deflating his puffed-up chest.’
    • ‘It is about oversized, puffed-out proportions and dramatic silhouettes.’
    • ‘Courtship ceremonies are delightful: the cock slowly circles the hen with puffed-out breast feather, depressed wings and fanned tail.’
    • ‘And there are a lot more stalls of trinkets, puffed rice and coconuts on the pavement: Proof of burgeoning demand.’
    • ‘Make sure that you show everyone the puffed-up bags before you open them and tip the contents into warm bowls.’
    • ‘Then again, the last century exposed human beings to many new things (plastics, antibiotics, puffed food products) and we live longer than ever.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He had about a million marshmallows in his mouth now and he looked like a big puffed-up chipmunk.’
    • ‘Bake in a bain-marie in the oven for 45 minutes to 1 hour, or until slightly puffed-up and spongy.’
    1. 1.1 (of a sleeve or other part of a garment) gathered so as to have a rounded shape.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Their gowns were fine velvet and silk, with puffed shoulders and cascading trains.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘With puffed sleeves and white lace rims, she finished off her look.’
      • ‘This is a floor-length, brightly colored cloth dress with a square neckline and short, puffed sleeves.’
      • ‘Pigtails, puffed sleeves in check cotton, bare midriff and a skirt that definitely wouldn't need tucking up in the milking shed.’
      • ‘At other tables, several pasty-faced types in puffed-out shirts lazily gorged themselves on cruisers' cuisine.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘It is garnished in silk and satin with puffed sleeves.’
      • ‘Black hose revealed a well-turned leg, disappearing into puffed pumpkin hose, richly embroidered and paned in black on black.’
      • ‘Anne of Green Gables felt more confident when she got her dress with puffed sleeves.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘She wore a flowing pale yellow skirt with ruffles and a silken blouse with puffed sleeves.’
      • ‘Cream colored, with puffed sleeves, a skirt decorated with ribbons filled out with many layers of petticoats underneath and an extremely tight bodice.’
      • ‘Summertime brings out the little girl in all of us: bubble-gum pink, flirty skirts, 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.’
      • ‘Locating them instantly, she threw on a pair of worn jeans, a red long-sleeved shirt, and a black puffed vest.’
      • ‘The tunic with puffed sleeves isn't going to cut it.’
    2. 1.2 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’
      • ‘Those who ate the rolled oats were able to cycle significantly longer than those who ate the puffed rice, due to greater glucose availability.’
      • ‘It is pulling its unsweetened puffed rice, unsweetened puffed rice, and puffed wheat cereals from store shelves.’
      • ‘I never want to see another grain of puffed wheat in my life.’
      • ‘The puffed grains are then dried off before they can collapse.’
      • ‘Snacks include fruits such as banana, mango, and jackfruit, as well as puffed rice and small fried food items.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’