"puff" Definition

  1. to blow up, or swell with praise; declared by a writer in the _Weekly Register_, as far back as 1732, to be illegitimate. “PUFF has become a cant word, signifying the applause set forth by writers, &c. to increase the reputation and sale of a book, and is an excellent stratagem to excite the curiosity of gentle readers.” Lord Bacon, however, used the word in a similar sense a century before. Sheridan also seems to have remembered the use of the word, _vide_ Mr. PUFF.

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Position in the dictionary: 2712 of 4022 slang words.
Next words in the dictionary: pug, pull, pullet, pummel, pump, pundit, punkah, punt, punter, pup and ringer
Previous words in the dictionary: pudding-snammer, puckerow, puckering, pucker, public patterers, pub, psalm-smiter, pross, pros, props

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