Translation of puff in Spanish:

puff

ráfaga, n.

Pronunciation /pəf//pʌf/

noun

  • 1

    • 1.1(of wind, air)

      ráfaga feminine
      a puff of smoke una bocanada de humo
      • all our plans went up in a puff of smoke todos nuestros planes quedaron en la nada
      • His breath came in small puffs, the cold air filling his lungs as he walked along the side of the pavement.
      • A little girl flew backwards out of the pile and put her back against the wall of the closet, her breath coming out in puffs and her eyes wide.
      • She zipped up her jacket, shivering from the sudden puff of cold wind.
      • An arm was flung over his waist and small puffs of breath tickled his chest.
      • At precisely the point of the peak of the roof, just a gentle puff of wind can determine the destiny of many raindrops.
      • It may be due to some slight puff of wind or a tremor of the earth.
      • There wasn't a puff of wind for most of an unseasonally cold day and the heavy overnight rain had softened both the fairways and greens to make them more receptive.
      • But soon the pain stopped and I sat there, my breath coming in short puffs.
      • For the first half hour it was hard to find a puff of wind to reach the windward mark in front of the Asia Pattaya Hotel, but gradually the wind picked up and by noon was blowing at a gentle 4 knots.
      • My body turned ice cold, my breath came in shallow puffs, and my hands began to tremble.
      • Ansley could hear his breath coming in short puffs, even over the thundering of hooves that filled her ears.
      • A stronger puff of wind ruffled the water and bent the water-side reeds.
      • I scrambled out of the bath with difficulty, hoping not to fall back in, whilst blowing out all the candles with quick, short puffs.
      • Her breath came out in puffs as they walked down the cobblestone street toward the docks.
      • The positions of the whole fleet are readily seen as well as puffs of wind, ripples in the water, and what direction they're taking.
      • She felt the warm puff of breath before she had heard the sickening sniffling sound.
      • She ignored them stubbornly, breathing out short puffs of air.
      • And all through this, his breath came in even puffs against my cheek.
      • Some ABC bunting waiting in vain for a puff of wind
      • When she was halfway down the stairs, hot air, like the puff of breath from a muzzle, touched the back of her neck.

    • 1.2(action)

      soplo masculine
      soplido masculine
      (on cigarette) chupada feminine
      (on cigarette) pitada feminine Latin America
      (on cigarette) calada feminine Spain
      she blew out all the candles with a single puff apagó todas las velas de un soplo / soplido
      • he took a few puffs on / at his cigarette dio unas caladas
      • I've only ever had a couple of puffs of a cigarette, and I found it a thoroughly unpleasant experience (although I have to admit to being partial to the odd cigar now and then).
      • But often one sip of spirits or a few puffs of a cigarette are enough to satisfy their curiosity for a while at least.
      • He bent down and picked up the still-burning cigarette and took a puff.
      • And so it was that not 48 hours after major surgery, my little mother was once again home, ensconced in her armchair, taking long, therapeutic puffs on her cigarette.
      • Smokers who received methoxsalen plus nicotine smoked fewer cigarettes, had longer intervals between cigarettes, and took fewer puffs on each cigarette.
      • He is so lazy that he dozes off in the time between two puffs of his cigarette.
      • He took a puff from his French cigarette and smiled.
      • He took a long puff of his cigar then sighed, blowing a steady stream of smoke.
      • I've had exactly two puffs on a cigarette, in high school.
      • An average puff of a cigarette has been estimated to contain 4 billion particles of dust.
      • He sank back down into his chair and took another puff of his cigar.
      • And he had his ice cream, a little puff on his cigar, and then, back to bed.
      • They were laughing loudly and drew puffs on their cigarettes when the guards weren't looking.
      • A typical smoker will take 10 puffs on a cigarette over a period of 5 minutes that the cigarette is lit.
      • In between puffs on the ever-present cigarette he will reminisce about golf for hours.
      • In return, Al took a big puff on his cigar and exhaled a cloud of smoke that curled around Sam's face.
      • ‘I can talk until I'm blue in the face,’ he once famously said, in between puffs on his Dominican cigar.
      • These chance meetings take place in front of the general buzz of rich collectors, some of whom puff on cigars, tycoon-like, only a few steps from renaissance oils.
      • The Rat Cutter took a few defiant puffs on his cigar.
      • Cat looked down, and took a puff from her cigarette.

    • 1.3(sound)

      resoplido masculine
      • Soon with a whistle and a puff a steam train chugged through the snaky valley below.
      • Instead, water is superheated by low-voltage electricity delivered from the track, producing enough steam to run the train for up to half an hour complete with authentic puffs, whistles and whiffs of hot oil.
      • He blew out a puff sound which vibrated his lips.
      • He opened fire, the silencers muffling the gunfire to a small puff noise.
      • Letting a puff of tired laughter escape his lips, Shanza added, ‘I spoke to Dezra.’
      • You'll hear rather than see the unassuming clank of diesel locos sliding in and out of Newton Dale and the more exuberant klaxon and puff, puff, puff of the steam trains.
      • Three puffs of steam from the ship's whistle verified it received and understood the message.
      • She made a puff sound and turned away as to avoid my question or to change the subject, to not let me see her calculating expression.
      • What a ridiculous speech and what a lot of puff and whistle about nothing!
      • Melanie huffs, puffs and squeaks as the bird's voice.

  • 2British informal

    (breath)
    aliento masculine
    to run out of puff quedarse sin aliento
    • There are short cuts to the start if you're running out of puff or towing a trailer.
    • Counter-punchers, by their very nature, are always chasing the aggressor and after years of running to get to the top and two years of staying there, he began to run out of puff.
    • John has more puff than ever because he's stubbed out his smoking habit.
    • It is the one Grand Slam she has not won and, provided she can regain enough puff, she wants to have a crack at redressing that balance.
    • Start blowing them up the day before - a lot of balloons takes a lot of puff.
    • I'm not as young as I was, though, and I ran out of puff on the way back.
    • His game plan was simple: keep the old man running around for as long as possible and wait for him to run out of puff.
    • As they became ever more nervy when a clinching second failed to arrive, Celtic betrayed themselves as a team collectively running out of puff.
    • Two musicians had enough puff left over after blowing their instruments to chase a thief who stole their band's collection bucket.
    • Although just over half the distance of the London Marathon, the walkers needed a lot of puff to complete the trek around Canvey.
    • Scotland isn't very good at blowing its own trumpet, but luckily Tommy has puff to spare.
    • And let's face it: he wouldn't be much use if, by the time he got to the scene of an accident, he was too out of puff to do anything to help.
    • England were able to shift the heavier Welsh pack around the paddock, presuming that the men in red shirts would run out of puff.
    • The kind of place, in fact, where mere mortals who ran out of puff on steep hills and couldn't stay upright on skis would not get much joy.
    • I would estimate that Leeds scored 24 or so points on skill, and the rest on still being on the park after Toulouse ran out of puff.
    • Masters of the last-gasp victory, Cranfield finally ran out of puff in the grand final of the popular University Challenge.
    • This is now becoming a season of excuses from players and managers and the bottom line appears to be that the poor luvvies on the field have run out of puff.
    • Defending himself Mr Stickley said: ‘I suffer from asthma and so I could not bring up enough puff for the test.’
    • She said: ‘It's been harder to play since I've been pregnant as I run out of puff more easily.’
    • When she's not playing her instrument, Mrs Jackson still uses plenty of puff by whizzing round Amesbury on her mountain bike.
  • 3

    Cooking
    pastelito de hojaldre masculine
    milhojas masculine
    • I went to searching for some café ole and some puff pastries.
    • There were chocolate cake, chocolate mouse, ice cream, crème caramel, cheesecake and custard puffs.
    • Venison steaks (or a boned roasting joint) may be encased in puff or shortcrust pastry, in the same way as fillet of beef.
    • After the dough has expanded into airy puffs in the oven, puncture the puffs to release the steam, then bake a few more minutes to firm and crisp shell.
    • So does a wonderful dessert of fried plantain puffs centered with a pudding-like custard that's slightly sweet against the banana tartness.
    • Maybe I can strike up a deal - I'll trade Eleven Madison Park my recipe for a proper Manhattan if they'll let me in on the secrets of those cheese puffs.
    • I resorted to defrosting a lemon, mixing it into the sliced fruit with some sugar and then wrapping the whole lot in puff pasty.
    • The repeated harping on the weight issue made me cringe in my seat, and yes, as you had read, regret eating that custard puff.
    • You can even make gougères, or cheese puffs, by omitting the sugar and adding grated cheese to the dough.
    • But for a truly memorable cheese moment, serve gougères, the famous cheese puffs of Burgundy.
    • The parcel was in fact a huge piece of puff pasty filled with a rather creamy concoction of mushrooms and chestnuts.
    • So why do some people think it is about barbecued pork buns, sticky rice in lotus-leaf parcels and shredded yam puffs?
    • Instead of reaching for every sausage puff in your path, make an attempt to go for just the good stuff.
    • The apple puff pancake makes a delightful brunch dish - or a unique supper dessert.
    • Different pastries perform different functions, but whether it is puff, shortcrust or filo, first impressions count.
    • We started, as usual, with a mixed entrée including spring rolls, Thai fish cakes, money bags and curry puffs.
    • The puff shell felt a bit too tough to my taste but it might have been because it was a day old, which wasn't their fault.
    • The wrapper may be plain bread dough but rich layered pastry is more characteristic, either filo or rough puff paste, made by the familiar sequence of buttering, folding, and rolling.
    • Crucially, the food items like samosas, pastries, puffs, wraps, sandwiches and the like as well as the water are to be periodically tested for quality, he promises.
    • Executive Chef Sunny produced the traditional Breakfast Pie, and Chef Winai with Bua served the curry puffs and Stolichnaya.
  • 4

    (ornament)
    bullón masculine
    before noun puff sleeves mangas abombadas / abullonadas feminine
    • The purple curtain parted in billowing puffs, discharging a man dressed in white robes adorned with blue and purple sashes.
    • Anyways, this sleeves of this dress are examples of ‘deflated puffs.’
    • You watch her too, you watch her all the time. You were there when she was nobody, in the days when she still wore frills and shoulder puffs and smiled that terribly shy smile you thought was beautiful.
    • I used a Sky Blue Bridal Satin for the main dress and White Bridal Satin with White Organza overlays as the skirt puffs and sleeves.
    • The dress was of white silk, with a low, deep, front, tight bodice and tiny cuffed sleeves, really more puffs of fabric than actual sleeves.
  • 5informal

    (favorable comment)
    to give sth a puff darle bombo a algo informal
    • Kate's publisher offers us two brief ‘reviews’, which most of us would call puffs, from other writers, and a link to a longer review in the New York Times.
    • The other two books were by British authors, both of them well known in the thriller genre, and both books had covers which carried enthusiastic puffs from big names.
    • It stemmed from 17th-cent. abstracts of books and comments on publishers' puffs.

transitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1(blow)

      soplar
      don't puff cigarette smoke in my eyes no me eches el humo del cigarrillo a los ojos
      • The movement of the cards animates a tiny ship that puffs big billows of smoke and zigzags into an empty white space.
      • It puffed a whiff of smoke and crouched down to their level.
      • The brick chimney was puffing little gray rings of wood smoke.
      • However at one point it puffed smoke which was a bit concerning, and on its final pass a hazy smoke trail could be discerned.
      • Boiling pools of dark mysterious liquid puff smoke of rancid sulphur fumes.
      • This may be because when he started mixing up a bucket in the new kitchen, billows of dust began puffing under the doors onto my new upstairs carpets.
      • He puffed smoke into the gray day, a brilliant smile gracing his beautiful face.
      • She puffs some smoke into the younger girl's face to emphasize.
      • He filled it with tobacco and lit it, puffing the sweet smelling smoke around the car.
      • They managed that by mixing vinegar with baking soda and having several smokers puff smoke into the actor's face from off camera.
      • Admin blinked at the question, puffing some smoke.
      • I sighed, watching my breath catch as condensation in the air, looking like I was puffing smoke.
      • These days the restaurant's patrons are more likely to be talking about multimedia money than to be philosophically puffing Gauloise smoke into the air.
      • I remember the smokestack on the train puffing thick black smoke into the air.
      • I inhaled deeply and puffed a great wind of air to blow out the 18 tiny tea lights.
      • The dragon puffed a bit of smoke from its nostrils and opened its small wings.
      • Bert blew on his knuckles, like a gunman puffing smoke from the barrel of his revolver.

    • 1.2(smoke)

      (cigarette/pipe/cigar) dar chupadas a
      (pipe/cigarette/cigar) dar pitadas a Latin America
      (pipe/cigar/cigarette) dar caladas a Spain
      • She playfully took the pipe out of the man's mouth and puffed on it.
      • One of the remaining models pulled out a cigarette and puffed on it nervously in an attempt to relieve the stress.
      • Mr Boddington ignored the notice, and puffed away at his cigarette.
      • In one lounge, a heavily made-up Chinese hostess with robustly arched eyebrows sits calmly at a table, playing solitaire as she puffs on a cigarette.
      • He puffed on a cigarette and tapped nervously to country music coming from the radio.
      • He puffed on the cigarette between his lips and crossed his arms; it was getting a little chilly out.
      • Gil puffed on his cigarette and sipped his brandy.
      • She lit up a cigarette and began puffing at it unconsciously.
      • In one hand he held a book, with the other he puffed on a dark, wooden pipe.
      • I puffed on my cigarette and sat and watched the sun come up.
      • He'd sit there and stare into space, puffing at his cigarette.
      • After circling the animal for a few minutes - and puffing on another cigarette - Wills began taking his photographs.
      • By the time they turn 15, they're puffing on 15 cigarettes every day.
      • Inexperienced writers may choose the obvious detail, the man puffing on the cigarette, the young woman chewing on what's left of her fingernails.
      • Candice sat beside him and poked him in the ribs as she puffed on a cigarette, ‘So?’
      • His lips close round it in concentration and he puffs deeply for a few moments, trying to re-light it.
      • Simone was now by my side, puffing on a cigarette.
      • He finds her standing on the terrace in an old cashmere pullover, puffing on her morning cigarette.
      • Although he is still seeing a psychologist and is still on medication, he seems at ease with himself as he puffs on a roll-up in the living room of his home in the north of York.
      • She pulled the door back and forth to make the smoke drift outside, and left it open before going into the kitchen where her dad was sitting at the table, lonesomely puffing away on his cigarette.

    • 1.3(say)

      what a lot of stairs, he puffed —¡cuántas escaleras! —dijo resoplando / bufando

  • 2informal

    (praise)
    darle bombo a informal
    • He has not been afraid to publish letters praising his own letters; What We've Lost is puffed in this month's magazine.
    • Sterne then wrote a letter puffing his work which he passed off as the spontaneous praise of the young singer, Catherine Fourmantel, then his mistress.

intransitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1(blow)

      soplar

    • 1.2(smoke)

      to puff on / at sth dar chupadas a algo

  • 2

    (pant)
    resoplar
    I puffed up the stairs subí las escaleras resoplando
    • I puffed and panted and managed to move the first case a couple of inches but no more.
    • Mack pounded over to them, puffing and panting like he'd just run the marathon.
    • We sat in silence for a few minutes until our peace was shattered as a messenger ran up to us, puffing and panting.
    • I'll be back this week, puffing and panting away in the outside lane while grey heads rocket past me at the speed of sound.
    • But it didn't matter, for at that moment, the door burst open, and a short man entered the room, puffing and wheezing heavily.
    • Casey ran around the small oval, puffing and panting, limping on her left foot, the blister throbbing excruciatingly.
    • Even during exercise, when we need more oxygen, we tend to get it by breathing faster - huffing and puffing - not by breathing deeper, says Davenport.
    • Even with his offending ankle numbed by a painkiller shot, he appeared uncomfortable, huffing and puffing and repeatedly tying his shoe between pitches.
    • By the time I'm on the third or fourth interval, I'm huffing and puffing down along the Hudson River, wondering how the hell it was possible I actually ran a marathon some five months ago.
    • Lionel was puffing, and his speech came haltingly, in short phrases and words.
    • Taylor wasn't the only Scottish forward puffing and blowing towards the end of the game, and when it came to tempo there was only one team dictating it.
    • All you can hear is the swishing of the sled runners across the snow, the pitter-patter of the dogs' feet, and my own breathing as I puff through a scarf that's matted with ice crystals.
    • She slid into the seat behind me, huffing and puffing like she was breathing with one lung.
    • You don't blow; you puff from deep down in your throat.
    • When he finally made it to the venue of Lord Fraser's inquiry into the new Scottish parliament building he was huffing and puffing - and was aghast to be met by a further flight of stairs to the waiting room for witnesses.
    • Adam swayed back and forth, gasping and puffing.
    • Sometimes he would throw himself down on the towel rack, panting and puffing in total exhaustion.
    • She noticed that she had crawled under the table, puffing and breathing hard.
    • And being Scottish we have about four layers of clothing too many and are pink-faced and puffing in a decidedly imperfect not straight-out-of-a-brochure kind of a way.
    • Bill is puffing and blowing, but there is a look of ineffable peace and growing content on his rose-pink features.