Translation of puff in Spanish:


ráfaga, n.

Pronunciation /pəf//pʌf/


  • 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.
      • Ansley could hear his breath coming in short puffs, even over the thundering of hooves that filled her ears.
      • My body turned ice cold, my breath came in shallow puffs, and my hands began to tremble.
      • 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.
      • She ignored them stubbornly, breathing out short puffs of air.
      • She felt the warm puff of breath before she had heard the sickening sniffling sound.
      • I scrambled out of the bath with difficulty, hoping not to fall back in, whilst blowing out all the candles with quick, short puffs.
      • A stronger puff of wind ruffled the water and bent the water-side reeds.
      • 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.
      • But soon the pain stopped and I sat there, my breath coming in short puffs.
      • When she was halfway down the stairs, hot air, like the puff of breath from a muzzle, touched the back of her neck.
      • 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.
      • It may be due to some slight puff of wind or a tremor of the earth.
      • Her breath came out in puffs as they walked down the cobblestone street toward the docks.
      • And all through this, his breath came in even puffs against my cheek.
      • 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.
      • Some ABC bunting waiting in vain for a puff of wind
      • At precisely the point of the peak of the roof, just a gentle puff of wind can determine the destiny of many raindrops.
      • 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.

    • 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 pitadas
      • An average puff of a cigarette has been estimated to contain 4 billion particles of dust.
      • ‘I can talk until I'm blue in the face,’ he once famously said, in between puffs on his Dominican cigar.
      • He took a long puff of his cigar then sighed, blowing a steady stream of smoke.
      • In return, Al took a big puff on his cigar and exhaled a cloud of smoke that curled around Sam's face.
      • Smokers who received methoxsalen plus nicotine smoked fewer cigarettes, had longer intervals between cigarettes, and took fewer puffs on each cigarette.
      • A typical smoker will take 10 puffs on a cigarette over a period of 5 minutes that the cigarette is lit.
      • He took a puff from his French cigarette and smiled.
      • The Rat Cutter took a few defiant puffs on his cigar.
      • They were laughing loudly and drew puffs on their cigarettes when the guards weren't looking.
      • He bent down and picked up the still-burning cigarette and took a puff.
      • 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 is so lazy that he dozes off in the time between two puffs of his cigarette.
      • And he had his ice cream, a little puff on his cigar, and then, back to bed.
      • 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).
      • He sank back down into his chair and took another puff of his cigar.
      • In between puffs on the ever-present cigarette he will reminisce about golf for hours.
      • Cat looked down, and took a puff from her cigarette.
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • I've had exactly two puffs on a cigarette, in high school.

    • 1.3(sound)

      resoplido masculine
      • Melanie huffs, puffs and squeaks as the bird's voice.
      • What a ridiculous speech and what a lot of puff and whistle about nothing!
      • 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.
      • 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.
      • Three puffs of steam from the ship's whistle verified it received and understood the message.
      • Soon with a whistle and a puff a steam train chugged through the snaky valley below.
      • Letting a puff of tired laughter escape his lips, Shanza added, ‘I spoke to Dezra.’
      • He opened fire, the silencers muffling the gunfire to a small puff noise.
      • 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.
      • He blew out a puff sound which vibrated his lips.

  • 2British informal

    aliento masculine
    to run out of puff quedarse sin aliento
    • 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.
    • England were able to shift the heavier Welsh pack around the paddock, presuming that the men in red shirts would run out of puff.
    • 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.
    • I'm not as young as I was, though, and I ran out of puff on the way back.
    • When she's not playing her instrument, Mrs Jackson still uses plenty of puff by whizzing round Amesbury on her mountain bike.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • John has more puff than ever because he's stubbed out his smoking habit.
    • Start blowing them up the day before - a lot of balloons takes a lot of puff.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Scotland isn't very good at blowing its own trumpet, but luckily Tommy has puff to spare.
    • 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.’
    • There are short cuts to the start if you're running out of puff or towing a trailer.
    • Masters of the last-gasp victory, Cranfield finally ran out of puff in the grand final of the popular University Challenge.
    • 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.
    • As they became ever more nervy when a clinching second failed to arrive, Celtic betrayed themselves as a team collectively running out of puff.
    • Although just over half the distance of the London Marathon, the walkers needed a lot of puff to complete the trek around Canvey.
    • Two musicians had enough puff left over after blowing their instruments to chase a thief who stole their band's collection bucket.
  • 3

    pastelito de hojaldre masculine
    milhojas masculine
    • We started, as usual, with a mixed entrée including spring rolls, Thai fish cakes, money bags and curry puffs.
    • But for a truly memorable cheese moment, serve gougères, the famous cheese puffs of Burgundy.
    • So does a wonderful dessert of fried plantain puffs centered with a pudding-like custard that's slightly sweet against the banana tartness.
    • Executive Chef Sunny produced the traditional Breakfast Pie, and Chef Winai with Bua served the curry puffs and Stolichnaya.
    • You can even make gougères, or cheese puffs, by omitting the sugar and adding grated cheese to the dough.
    • Instead of reaching for every sausage puff in your path, make an attempt to go for just the good stuff.
    • There were chocolate cake, chocolate mouse, ice cream, crème caramel, cheesecake and custard 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.
    • Different pastries perform different functions, but whether it is puff, shortcrust or filo, first impressions count.
    • Venison steaks (or a boned roasting joint) may be encased in puff or shortcrust pastry, in the same way as fillet of beef.
    • The parcel was in fact a huge piece of puff pasty filled with a rather creamy concoction of mushrooms and chestnuts.
    • The repeated harping on the weight issue made me cringe in my seat, and yes, as you had read, regret eating that custard puff.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • I went to searching for some café ole and some puff pastries.
    • 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.
    • The apple puff pancake makes a delightful brunch dish - or a unique supper dessert.
    • 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.
    • So why do some people think it is about barbecued pork buns, sticky rice in lotus-leaf parcels and shredded yam 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.
  • 4

    bullón masculine
    before noun puff sleeves mangas abombadas / abullonadas feminine
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Anyways, this sleeves of this dress are examples of ‘deflated puffs.’
    • The purple curtain parted in billowing puffs, discharging a man dressed in white robes adorned with blue and purple sashes.
    • 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.
  • 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)

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

    • 1.2(smoke)

      (cigar/pipe/cigarette) dar chupadas a
      (cigarette/cigar/pipe) dar pitadas a Latin America
      (cigar/pipe/cigarette) dar caladas a Spain
      • After circling the animal for a few minutes - and puffing on another cigarette - Wills began taking his photographs.
      • Gil puffed on his cigarette and sipped his brandy.
      • She playfully took the pipe out of the man's mouth and puffed on it.
      • Simone was now by my side, puffing on a cigarette.
      • 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.
      • One of the remaining models pulled out a cigarette and puffed on it nervously in an attempt to relieve the stress.
      • He finds her standing on the terrace in an old cashmere pullover, puffing on her morning cigarette.
      • She lit up a cigarette and began puffing at it unconsciously.
      • 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.
      • Inexperienced writers may choose the obvious detail, the man puffing on the cigarette, the young woman chewing on what's left of her fingernails.
      • He puffed on a cigarette and tapped nervously to country music coming from the radio.
      • His lips close round it in concentration and he puffs deeply for a few moments, trying to re-light it.
      • Candice sat beside him and poked him in the ribs as she puffed on a cigarette, ‘So?’
      • He'd sit there and stare into space, puffing at his cigarette.
      • 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.
      • By the time they turn 15, they're puffing on 15 cigarettes every day.
      • 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.
      • He puffed on the cigarette between his lips and crossed his arms; it was getting a little chilly out.

    • 1.3(say)

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

  • 2informal

    darle bombo a informal
    • 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.
    • He has not been afraid to publish letters praising his own letters; What We've Lost is puffed in this month's magazine.

intransitive verb

  • 1

    • 1.1(blow)


    • 1.2(smoke)

      to puff on / at sth dar chupadas a algo

  • 2

    I puffed up the stairs subí las escaleras resoplando
    • We sat in silence for a few minutes until our peace was shattered as a messenger ran up to us, puffing and panting.
    • Sometimes he would throw himself down on the towel rack, panting and puffing in total exhaustion.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • I puffed and panted and managed to move the first case a couple of inches but no more.
    • Even with his offending ankle numbed by a painkiller shot, he appeared uncomfortable, huffing and puffing and repeatedly tying his shoe between pitches.
    • 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.
    • Bill is puffing and blowing, but there is a look of ineffable peace and growing content on his rose-pink features.
    • 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.
    • 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.
    • Casey ran around the small oval, puffing and panting, limping on her left foot, the blister throbbing excruciatingly.
    • You don't blow; you puff from deep down in your throat.
    • 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.
    • Lionel was puffing, and his speech came haltingly, in short phrases and words.
    • But it didn't matter, for at that moment, the door burst open, and a short man entered the room, puffing and wheezing heavily.
    • Mack pounded over to them, puffing and panting like he'd just run the marathon.
    • 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.
    • Adam swayed back and forth, gasping and puffing.