Words related to puff

pouf (n.)

"style of elaborate female head-dress," 1817 (in reference to styles of c. 1780), from French bouffer "to blow out, puff," probably of imitative origin. In dress-making, in reference to a part gathered up in a bunch, recorded from 1869; in reference to over-stuffed cushions, 1884. As a verb by 1882 (implied in pouffed).

poof (n.2)
"effeminate man, male homosexual," c. 1850, perhaps a corruption of puff. The Australian extended form poofter is attested from 1910.
creampuff (n.)

also cream-puff, by 1859 as a kind of light confection, from cream (n.) + puff (n.). In figurative sense of "ineffectual person, weakling, sissy," it is recorded by 1935.

I remember my first campaign. My opponent called me a cream puff. That's what he said. Well, I rushed out and got the baker's union to endorse me. [Sen. Claiborne Pell, D-R.I., 1987]

As a salesman's word, "something that is a tremendous bargain," it is from 1940s.

powder-puff (n.)

1704, "small feathery ball (of swansdown, etc.) for applying powder to the skin," from powder (n.) + puff (n.). As a symbol of femaleness or effeminacy, by 1930s. 

puff-ball (n.)

type of fungus, 1640s, from puff + ball (n.1). So called for discharging a cloud of spores when disturbed.

puffy (adj.)

1610s, of wind, "gusty, coming in puffs," from puff + -y (2). Of other things, "swollen," as if with air or some soft substance, by 1660s. The earliest attested use is figurative, "bombastic" (1590s). Related: Puffily; puffiness.

puff-adder (n.)

1789 of a large South African snake that is venomous; 1882 of a western U.S. snake that is not; from puff (v.) + adder.

puffer (n.)

1620s, "person or thing that blows in short blasts," agent noun from puff (v.). Earliest in reference to tobacco smokers; later also especially of steamboats and steam engines. As "one who praises or extols with exaggerated commendation," from 1736. As a type of fish that inflates itself in defense, from 1814.

puffery (n.)

"inflated laudation" [OED], "systematic puffing, exaggerated praise," 1782, from puff (v.) in its figurative sense + -ery.