4. To inflate with pride, flattery, self- esteem, or the like; often with up.
Puffed up with military success.Jowett (Thucyd. )
5. To praise with exaggeration; to flatter; to call public attention to by praises; to praise unduly. " Puffed
with wonderful skill." Macaulay.
(Puff), a. Puffed up; vain. [R.] Fanshawe.
(Puff"ball`) n. (Bot.) A kind of ball-shaped fungus (Lycoperdon giganteum, and other species
of the same genus) full of dustlike spores when ripe; called also bullfist, bullfice, puckfist, puff, and
1. One who puffs; one who praises with noisy or extravagant commendation.
2. One who is employed by the owner or seller of goods sold at suction to bid up the price; a by-bidder.
3. (Zoöl.) (a) Any plectognath fish which inflates its body, as the species of Tetrodon and Diodon;
called also blower, puff-fish, swellfish, and globefish. (b) The common, or harbor, porpoise.
4. (Dyeing) A kier.
(Puff"er*y) n. The act of puffing; bestowment of extravagant commendation.
(Puf"fin) n. [Akin to puff.]
1. (Zoöl.) An arctic sea bird Fratercula arctica) allied to the auks, and having a short, thick, swollen
beak, whence the name; called also bottle nose, cockandy, coulterneb, marrot, mormon, pope,
and sea parrot.
The name is also applied to other related species, as the horned puffin the tufted puffin (Lunda cirrhata),
and the razorbill.
Manx puffin, the Manx shearwater. See under Manx.
2. (Bot.) The puffball.
3. A sort of apple. [Obs.] Rider's Dict.
(Puff"i*ness) n. The quality or state of being puffy.
Puffing adder. (Zoöl.) Same as Puff adder (b), under Puff. Puffing pig (Zoöl.), the common
(Puff"ing), a. & n. from Puff, v. i. & t.
(Puff"ing*ly), adv. In a puffing manner; with vehement breathing or shortness of breath; with
(Puff"-leg`) n. (Zoöl.) Any one of numerous species of beautiful humming birds of the genus
Eriocnemis having large tufts of downy feathers on the legs.
(Puff"-legged`) a. (Zoöl.) Having a conspicuous tuft of feathers on the legs.