1 of air/smoke/wind
ADJ. little, tiny
PREP. ~ of a little puff of smoke
2 on a cigarette/pipe, etc.
ADJ. long | short
VERB + PUFF have, take He took a long puff at his cigar and began his story.
PREP. ~ at/on a puff on her cigarette
ADV. furiously, vigorously
ADV. contentedly, happily | thoughtfully | away He puffed away at his cigar.
PREP. at She puffed furiously at her cigarette. | on My father sat puffing contentedly on his pipe.
2 breathe loudly
ADV. hard She was puffing quite hard by the time she reached the office. | loudly
PREP. along, from She was still puffing from the climb. | up puffing up the hill
PHRASES huff and puff/puff and pant She puffed and panted behind the others. | puffing and blowing Far behind us, puffing and blowing, came Matt.