puff·y / ˈpəfē/ • adj. (puff·i·er, puff·i·est) 1. (esp. of part of the body) unusually swollen and soft: her eyes were puffy and full of tears. ∎ soft, rounded, and light: small puffy clouds. ∎ (of a garment or part of a garment) padded or gathered to give a rounded shape: a puffy blue ski jacket. ∎ fig. (of a piece of writing) overembellished and pompous: prose at its most labored and puffy.2. (of wind or breath) coming in short bursts: his breath was puffy and fast.DERIVATIVES: puff·i·ly / ˈpəfəlē/ adv.puff·i·ness n.