Definition of puffy in US English:



  • 1(especially of part of the body) unusually swollen and soft.

    ‘her eyes were puffy and full of tears’
    • ‘You have to poke them and watch their soft puffy bodies give away and bounce back, hypnotizing you into taking them home and daring you to eat them.’
    • ‘In some cases, it is retained in the body leading to a puffy appearance.’
    • ‘Looking at those puffy eyes and enlarged nostrils I decided not to fight back.’
    • ‘My dark green eyes almost looked as if they were going to swell shut with how puffy and pink they'd become.’
    • ‘My eyes were swollen, red and puffy from crying so hard.’
    • ‘Her face was red and puffy and her body was shaking.’
    • ‘I noticed that her hands and feet were puffy and swollen.’
    • ‘His left foot seemed a bit bigger, puffy and swollen.’
    • ‘It's weird, it almost feels puffy and swollen (but it doesn't look like it).’
    • ‘Her eyes were puffy and swollen, signaling that she had just spent the last ten minutes crying her heart out.’
    • ‘His once slender face, embedded in our hearts and minds from the extensive news coverage, was now puffy and swollen.’
    • ‘My arm muscles were cramped up and felt like they were made of lead, my eyes were swelling and my cheeks felt puffy and warm.’
    • ‘It's appropriate if the site is puffy, swells quickly, and looks rosy red.’
    • ‘His eyes were red and swollen, his face puffy, and his nose running badly.’
    • ‘Most bodybuilders refer to water in the pejorative, fingering it as the cause for water retention or a puffy and bloated appearance.’
    • ‘The skin becomes swollen and puffy, and pits on being pressed.’
    • ‘Dan was a bloodied mess, his right eye already swelling shut, his lip puffy, split and bleeding.’
    • ‘His blond hair was disheveled and puffy bags bulged from beneath his eyes.’
    • ‘His right eye is swollen, puffy and seeping something murky.’
    • ‘Jenny's eyes were red and swollen and her cheeks were puffy.’
    swollen, puffed up, distended, enlarged, full, inflated, dilated, bloated, engorged, bulging, baggy
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  • 2Soft, rounded, and light.

    ‘small puffy clouds’
    • ‘Her voice was light and soft as a puffy white cloud.’
    • ‘Instead of a light, puffy, cherry-studded pudding, the result was a nasty, pasty, cherry omelette that was scraped into the bin before anyone could see it.’
    • ‘They weren't storm clouds or anything, just pretty, puffy white clouds.’
    • ‘Cream crackers, light and puffy sweets, are also popular.’
    • ‘Outside the town, they had built a factory producing chemical fertilizers which sent at times huge puffy purple clouds over the surroundings.’
    • ‘Clouds, puffy and white, drifted lazily in the hot sky.’
    • ‘There were only a few light puffy clouds in the blue sky.’
    • ‘The sun burned the mist away a couple of hours after dawn, and left us with a blue sky populated with the very best kind of puffy white cloud.’
    • ‘The sky began to clear and there were puffy white clouds forming as the evening faded away.’
    • ‘The high puffy clouds formed in the afternoon turning it into a connect-the-dots day.’
    • ‘The pastry was golden, light, puffy and good enough to be home-made, betraying none of the vegetable fat lardiness of bought-in catering stuff.’
    • ‘While there were several white, puffy cumulus clouds in the area, they looked far from ominous, and I saw nothing to cause us concern.’
    • ‘The small puffy cumulus cloud takes 10 minutes to form and 10 minutes to decay.’
    • ‘The back even has puffy white clouds to signify sky, replacing the old standard of parallel arches and lending a greater degree of realism to the piece.’
    • ‘A further variation is found in the rich shortcrust used for the Russian coulibiac, which differs in being made with yeast, which makes it light and puffy.’
    • ‘Small clusters of puffy white clouds drifted over the horizon lazily.’
    • ‘Blue sky, soft, puffy clouds of white with the slightest hint of purple in them.’
    • ‘Like all the meals, the jerk comes with red peas (kidney beans) and rice, as well as plantains that are puffy, soft, and sweet like caramel.’
    • ‘The sky was filled with all sorts of red and orange mixture and soon the sky was filled with puffy soft clouds and twinkling stars.’
    • ‘The sun was shining, the clouds were puffy, white and scattered, and it was very balmy.’
    1. 2.1 (of a garment or part of a garment) padded or gathered to give a rounded shape.
      ‘a puffy blue ski jacket’
      • ‘She replied, straightening out her own puffy dress.’
      • ‘Snapping out of her trance, she stood up quickly and found herself staring at some stranger with spiked brownish hair and an extremely large puffy jacket.’
      • ‘She was wearing a pair of dark green pants, and a deep pink puffy shirt with a black corset covering it.’
      • ‘She looked absolutely beautiful, and it was more than the usual overly styled hair and huge puffy dress that girls usually wore to the spring formal.’
      • ‘But ‘marriage’ is not necessarily defined as frocking up in a white puffy gown and waltzing down the aisle.’
      • ‘I had a white towel wrapped around my head, a white robe wrapped around my body and a black puffy Cinderella dress waiting for me by the closet.’
      • ‘You don't see me wearing any puffy dresses, do you?’
      • ‘I dug out a white puffy jacket that always seemed to make me look twice the size I really am.’
      • ‘They shuffled in carrying composition notebooks and wearing puffy jackets, tapered jeans, and Timberland boots.’
      • ‘They brushed out my puffy skirt and pushed me out the door.’
      • ‘Plus, I think I could carry off the pirate look, puffy shirt and all.’
      • ‘Elaine would be wearing a floor-length, old-fashioned, pink silk gown, complete with puffy skirt à la Gone With the Wind.’
      • ‘The bottom half was a gigantic, puffy skirt that would probably be calf-length on anyone else, but would probably wind up being just below my knees.’
      • ‘Shoving his hands into the pockets of his tremendously puffy jacket, he heard crinkling and pulled out a slight crumpled piece of paper.’
      • ‘Not many actors can sing, dance, wear a puffy shirt and do pratfalls while still looking macho.’
      • ‘But the fire at the start began fading before he was half way along, so it wasn't quite the spectacle it might have been, even though he was wearing a puffy shirt.’
      • ‘Bouffant American ladies in puffy jackets laugh and talk loudly.’
      • ‘My own dress was the daftest display of taffeta you'll ever see, something to do with the fact that they'd taken a puffy dress for a thinner girl and blown it up.’
      • ‘You'll never again have to wear three sweaters and a puffy jacket to look wide.’
      • ‘It could be that my judgment has become impaired by all the puffy dresses and diamonds in these magazines.’
  • 3(of wind or breath) coming in short bursts.

    ‘his breath was puffy and fast’
    • ‘He got all puffy and started breathing hard again.’
    • ‘She was squinting in the sun, saying she'd warmed to that photogenic blue sky / puffy breath combo.’