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Bluster vs. Puff

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Blusternoun

Pompous, officious talk.

Puffnoun

(countable) A sharp exhalation of a small amount of breath through the mouth.

Blusternoun

A gust of wind.

Puffnoun

(uncountable) The ability to breathe easily while exerting oneself.

‘out of puff’;

Blusternoun

Fitful noise and violence.

Puffnoun

(countable) A small quantity of gas or smoke in the air.

‘puff of smoke’;

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Blusterverb

To speak or protest loudly.

‘When confronted by opposition his reaction was to bluster, which often cowed the meek.’;

Puffnoun

(countable) A sudden gust.

Blusterverb

To act or speak in an unduly threatening manner.

Puffnoun

An act of inhaling smoke from a cigarette, cigar or pipe.

Blusterverb

To blow in strong or sudden gusts.

Puffnoun

(countable) A flamboyant or alluring statement about an object's quality.

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Blusterverb

To blow fitfully with violence and noise, as wind; to be windy and boisterous, as the weather.

‘And ever-threatening stormsOf Chaos blustering round.’;

Puffnoun

A puffer, one who is employed by the owner or seller of goods sold at auction to bid up the price; an act or scam of that type.

Blusterverb

To talk with noisy violence; to swagger, as a turbulent or boasting person; to act in a noisy, tumultuous way; to play the bully; to storm; to rage.

‘Your ministerial directors blustered like tragic tyrants.’;

Puffnoun

A puffball.

Blusterverb

To utter, or do, with noisy violence; to force by blustering; to bully.

‘He bloweth and blustereth out . . . his abominable blasphemy.’; ‘As if therewith he meant to bluster all princes into a perfect obedience to his commands.’;

Puffnoun

A powder puff.

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Blusternoun

Fitful noise and violence, as of a storm; violent winds; boisterousness.

‘To the winds they setTheir corners, when with bluster to confoundSea, air, and shore.’;

Puffnoun

The drug cannabis.

Blusternoun

Noisy and violent or threatening talk; noisy and boastful language.

Puffnoun

(countable) A light cake filled with cream, cream cheese, etc.

‘cream puff’;

Blusternoun

noisy confusion and turbulence;

‘he was awakened by the bluster of their preparations’;

Puffnoun

syn of poof: a male homosexual, especially an effeminate one.

Blusternoun

a swaggering show of courage

Puffnoun

Life.

Blusternoun

a violent gusty wind

Puffverb

(intransitive) To emit smoke, gas, etc., in puffs.

Blusternoun

vain and empty boasting

Puffverb

(intransitive) To pant.

Blusterverb

blow hard; be gusty, as of wind;

‘A southeaster blustered onshore’; ‘The flames blustered’;

Puffverb

To advertise.

Blusterverb

show off

Puffverb

To blow as an expression of scorn.

Blusterverb

act in an arrogant, overly self-assured, or conceited manner

Puffverb

To swell with air; to be dilated or inflated.

Puffverb

To breathe in a swelling, inflated, or pompous manner; hence, to assume importance.

Puffverb

To drive with a puff, or with puffs.

Puffverb

To repel with words; to blow at contemptuously.

Puffverb

To cause to swell or dilate; to inflate.

‘a bladder puffed with air’;

Puffverb

To inflate with pride, flattery, self-esteem, etc.; often with up.

Puffverb

To praise with exaggeration; to flatter; to call public attention to by praises; to praise unduly.

Puffnoun

A sudden and single emission of breath from the mouth; hence, any sudden or short blast of wind; a slight gust; a whiff.

Puffnoun

Anything light and filled with air. Specifically: (a) A puffball. (b) kind of light pastry. (c) A utensil of the toilet for dusting the skin or hair with powder.

Puffnoun

An exaggerated or empty expression of praise, especially one in a public journal.

Puffverb

To blow in puffs, or with short and sudden whiffs.

Puffverb

To blow, as an expression of scorn; - with at.

‘It is really to defy Heaven to puff at damnation.’;

Puffverb

To breathe quick and hard, or with puffs, as after violent exertion.

‘The ass comes back again, puffing and blowing, from the chase.’;

Puffverb

To swell with air; to be dilated or inflated.

Puffverb

To breathe in a swelling, inflated, or pompous manner; hence, to assume importance.

‘Then came brave Glory puffing by.’;

Puffverb

To drive with a puff, or with puffs.

‘The clearing north will puff the clouds away.’;

Puffverb

To repel with words; to blow at contemptuously.

‘I puff the prostitute away.’;

Puffverb

To cause to swell or dilate; to inflate; to ruffle with puffs; - often with up; as, a bladder puffed with air.

‘The sea puffed up with winds.’;

Puffverb

To inflate with pride, flattery, self-esteem, or the like; - often with up.

‘Puffed up with military success.’;

Puffverb

To praise with exaggeration; to flatter; to call public attention to by praises; to praise unduly.

Puffadjective

Puffed up; vain.

Puffnoun

a short light gust of air

Puffnoun

a light inflated pastry or puff shell

Puffnoun

exaggerated praise (as for promotional purposes)

Puffnoun

bedding made of two layers of cloth filled with stuffing and stitched together

Puffnoun

a soft spherical object made from fluffy fibers; for applying powder to the skin

Puffnoun

thick cushion used as a seat

Puffnoun

a slow inhalation (as of tobacco smoke);

‘he took a puff on his pipe’; ‘he took a drag on his cigarette and expelled the smoke slowly’;

Puffnoun

forceful exhalation through the nose or mouth;

‘he gave his nose a loud blow’; ‘he blew out all the candles with a single puff’;

Puffverb

smoke and exhale strongly;

‘puff a cigar’; ‘whiff a pipe’;

Puffverb

suck in or take (air);

‘draw a deep breath’; ‘draw on a cigarette’;

Puffverb

breathe noisily, as when one is exhausted;

‘The runners reached the finish line, panting heavily’;

Puffverb

make proud or conceited;

‘The sudden fame puffed her ego’;

Puffverb

praise extravagantly;

‘The critics puffed up this Broadway production’;

Puffverb

speak in a blustering or scornful manner;

‘A puffing kind of man’;

Puffverb

to swell or cause to enlarge,

‘Her faced puffed up from the drugs’;

Puffverb

blow hard and loudly;

‘he huffed and puffed as he made his way up the mountain’;

Puffadjective

gathered for protruding fullness;

‘puff sleeves’;

Puffnoun

a short, explosive burst of breath or wind

‘a puff of wind swung the weathercock round’;

Puffnoun

the sound of air or vapour escaping suddenly

‘the whistle and puff of steam’;

Puffnoun

a small quantity of vapour or smoke, emitted in one blast

‘the fire breathed out a puff of blue smoke’;

Puffnoun

an act of drawing quickly on a pipe, cigarette, or cigar

‘he took a puff of his cigar’;

Puffnoun

breath

‘after a chase of over three miles he had finally run out of puff’;

Puffnoun

a light pastry case, typically one made of puff pastry, containing a sweet or savoury filling

‘a jam puff’;

Puffnoun

a review of a work of art, book, or theatrical production, especially an excessively complimentary one

‘the publishers sent him a copy of the book hoping for a puff’;

Puffnoun

an advertisement, especially one exaggerating the value of the goods advertised

‘extravagant statements are regarded as salesman's puff’; ‘the distinction between a trader's puff and a statement having legal significance is a fine one’;

Puffnoun

a gathered mass of material in a dress or other garment.

Puffnoun

a rolled protuberant mass of hair

‘her hair was drawn up into a series of padded puffs and curves’;

Puffnoun

an eiderdown

‘the snowy beds were piled with plump pillows and puffs’;

Puffnoun

a powder puff

‘she sent her a box of dusting powder with a swansdown puff’;

Puffverb

breathe in repeated short gasps

‘exercises that make you puff’;

Puffverb

move with short, noisy breaths or bursts of air or steam

‘the train came puffing in’;

Puffverb

smoke a pipe, cigarette, or cigar

‘he puffed on his pipe contentedly’;

Puffverb

blow (dust, smoke, or a light object) with a quick breath or blast of air

‘he puffed out smoke through his long cigarette holder’;

Puffverb

move through the air in short bursts

‘his breath puffed out like white smoke’;

Puffverb

swell or become swollen

‘when he was in a temper, his cheeks puffed up and his eyes shrank’; ‘he suddenly sucked his stomach in and puffed his chest out’;

Puffverb

be conceited

‘he was never puffed up about his writing’;

Puffverb

advertise with exaggerated or false praise

‘publishers have puffed the book on the grounds that it contains new discoveries’;

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