Webster's Dictionary, 1913

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Pudgy adjective Short and fat or sturdy; dumpy; podgy; as, a short, pudgy little man; a pudgy little hand. Thackeray.

Pudic adjective [ Latin pudicus modest, from pudere to be ashamed: confer French pudique .] (Anat.) Of or pertaining to the external organs of generation.

Pudical adjective (Anat.) Pudic.

Pudicity noun [ Confer French pudicité , Latin pudicitia .] Modesty; chastity. Howell.

Pudu noun (Zoology) A very small deer ( Pudua humilis ), native of the Chilian Andes. It has simple spikelike antlers, only two or three inches long.

Pue intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Pued ; present participle & verbal noun Puing .] To make a low whistling sound; to chirp, as birds. Halliwell.

Pueblo noun [ Spanish , a village, Latin populus people. See People .] A communistic building erected by certain Indian tribes of Arizona and New Mexico. It is often of large size and several stories high, and is usually built either of stone or adobe. The term is also applied to any Indian village in the same region.

Pueblo Indians (Ethnol.) , any tribe or community of Indians living in pueblos. The principal Pueblo tribes are the Moqui, the Zuñi, the Keran, and the Tewan.

Puefellow noun A pewfellow. [ Obsolete]

Puer noun [ Etymol. uncertain.] The dung of dogs, used as an alkaline steep in tanning. Simmonds.

Puerco noun [ Spanish ] A hog.

Puerco beds (Geol.) , a name given to certain strata belonging to the earliest Eocene. They are developed in Northwestern New Mexico, along the Rio Puerco, and are characterized by their mammalian remains.

Puerile adjective [ Latin puerilis , from puer a child, a boy: confer French puéril .] Boyish; childish; trifling; silly.

The French have been notorious through generations for their puerile affectation of Roman forms, models, and historic precedents.
De Quincey.

Syn. -- Youthful; boyish; juvenile; childish; trifling; weak. See Youthful .

Puerilely adverb In a puerile manner; childishly.

Puerileness noun The quality of being puerile; puerility.

Puerility noun ; plural Puerilities . [ Latin puerilitas : confer French puérilité .]
1. The quality of being puerile; childishness; puerileness. Sir T. Browne.

2. That which is puerile or childish; especially, an expression which is flat, insipid, or silly.

Puerperal adjective [ Latin puerpera a lying-in woman; puer child + parere to bear: confer French puerpéral .] Of or pertaining to childbirth; as, a puerperal fever.

Puerperous adjective Bearing children. [ R.]

Puet noun (Zoology) The pewit.

Puff (pŭf) noun [ Akin to G. & Swedish puff a blow, Danish puf , Dutch pof ; of imitative origin. Confer Buffet .]
1. A sudden and single emission of breath from the mouth; hence, any sudden or short blast of wind; a slight gust; a whiff. " To every puff of wind a slave." Flatman.

2. Anything light and filled with air. Specifically: (a) A puffball. (b) a kind of light pastry. (c) A utensil of the toilet for dusting the skin or hair with powder.

3. An exaggerated or empty expression of praise, especially one in a public journal.

Puff adder . (Zoology) (a) Any South African viper belonging to Clotho and allied genera. They are exceedingly venomous, and have the power of greatly distending their bodies when irritated. The common puff adder ( Vipera, or Clotho arietans ) is the largest species, becoming over four feet long. The plumed puff adder ( C. cornuta ) has a plumelike appendage over each eye. (b) A North American harmless snake ( Heterodon platyrrhinos ) which has the power of puffing up its body. Called also hog-nose snake , flathead , spreading adder , and blowing adder . -- Puff bird (Zoology) , any bird of the genus Bucco , or family Bucconidæ . They are small birds, usually with dull- colored and loose plumage, and have twelve tail feathers. See Barbet (b) .

Puff intransitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Puffed (pŭft); present participle & verbal noun Puffing .] [ Akin to German puffen to pop, buffet, puff, Dutch poffen to pop, puffen to blow, Swedish puffa to push, to cuff, Danish puffe to pop, thump. See Puff , noun ]
1. To blow in puffs, or with short and sudden whiffs.

2. To blow, as an expression of scorn; -- with at .

It is really to defy Heaven to puff at damnation.
South.

3. To breathe quick and hard, or with puffs, as after violent exertion.

The ass comes back again, puffing and blowing, from the chase.
L' Estrange.

4. To swell with air; to be dilated or inflated. Boyle.

5. To breathe in a swelling, inflated, or pompous manner; hence, to assume importance.

Then came brave Glory puffing by.
Herbert.

Puff transitive verb
1. To drive with a puff, or with puffs.

The clearing north will puff the clouds away.
Dryden.

2. To repel with words; to blow at contemptuously.

I puff the prostitute away.
Dryden.

3. To cause to swell or dilate; to inflate; to ruffle with puffs; -- often with up ; as, a bladder puffed with air.

The sea puffed up with winds.
Shak.

4. To inflate with pride, flattery, self- esteem, or the like; -- often with up .

Puffed up with military success.
Jowett (Thucyd. )

5. To praise with exaggeration; to flatter; to call public attention to by praises; to praise unduly. " Puffed with wonderful skill." Macaulay.

Puff adjective Puffed up; vain. [ R.] Fanshawe.

Puff-leg noun (Zoology) Any one of numerous species of beautiful humming birds of the genus Eriocnemis having large tufts of downy feathers on the legs.

Puff-legged adjective (Zoology) Having a conspicuous tuft of feathers on the legs.

Puffball noun (Botany) A kind of ball-shaped fungus ( Lycoperdon giganteum , and other species of the same genus) full of dustlike spores when ripe; -- called also bullfist , bullfice , puckfist , puff , and puffin .

Puffer noun
1. One who puffs; one who praises with noisy or extravagant commendation.

2. One who is employed by the owner or seller of goods sold at suction to bid up the price; a by-bidder. Bouvier.

3. (Zoology) (a) Any plectognath fish which inflates its body, as the species of Tetrodon and Diodon ; -- called also blower , puff-fish , swellfish , and globefish . (b) The common, or harbor, porpoise.

4. (Dyeing) A kier.

Puffery noun The act of puffing; bestowment of extravagant commendation.

Puffin (pŭf"fĭn) noun [ Akin to puff .]
1. (Zoology) An arctic sea bird Fratercula arctica ) allied to the auks, and having a short, thick, swollen beak, whence the name; -- called also bottle nose , cockandy , coulterneb , marrot , mormon , pope , and sea parrot .

» The name is also applied to other related species, as the horned puffin ( F. corniculata ), the tufted puffin ( Lunda cirrhata ), and the razorbill.

Manx puffin , the Manx shearwater. See under Manx .

2. (Botany) The puffball.

3. A sort of apple. [ Obsolete] Rider's Dict. (1640).

Puffiness noun The quality or state of being puffy.

Puffing adjective & noun from Puff , intransitive verb & t.

Puffing adder . (Zoology) Same as Puff adder (b) , under Puff . -- Puffing pig (Zoology) , the common porpoise.

Puffingly adverb In a puffing manner; with vehement breathing or shortness of breath; with exaggerated praise.

Puffy adjective
1. Swelled with air, or any soft matter; tumid with a soft substance; bloated; fleshy; as, a puffy tumor. " A very stout, puffy man." Thackeray.

2. Hence, inflated; bombastic; as, a puffy style.

Pug transitive verb [ imperfect & past participle Pugged ; present participle & verbal noun Pugging .] [ Confer German pucken to thump. beat.]


1. To mix and stir when wet, as clay for bricks, pottery, etc.

2. To fill or stop with clay by tamping; to fill in or spread with mortar, as a floor or partition, for the purpose of deadening sound. See Pugging , 2.

Pug noun
1. Tempered clay; clay moistened and worked so as to be plastic.

2. A pug mill.

Pug mill , a kind of mill for grinding and mixing clay, either for brickmaking or the fine arts; a clay mill. It consists essentially of an upright shaft armed with projecting knives, which is caused to revolve in a hollow cylinder, tub, or vat, in which the clay is placed.

Pug noun [ Corrupted from puck . See Puck .]
1. An elf, or a hobgoblin; also same as Puck . [ Obsolete] B. Jonson.

2. A name for a monkey. [ Colloq.] Addison.

3. A name for a fox. [ Prov. Eng.] C. Kingsley.

4. An intimate; a crony; a dear one. [ Obsolete] Lyly.

5. plural Chaff; the refuse of grain. [ Obsolete] Holland.

6. A prostitute. [ Obsolete] Cotgrave.

7. (Zoology) One of a small breed of pet dogs having a short nose and head; a pug dog.

8. (Zoology) Any geometrid moth of the genus Eupithecia .

Pug noun [ Hind. pag foot.] A footprint; a track; as of a boar. [ India]

Pug nose A short, thick nose; a snubnose. -- Pug"-nosed` adjective

Pug-nose eel (Zoology) , a deep- water marine eel ( Simenchelys parasiticus ) which sometimes burrows into the flesh of the halibut.

Pug-faced adjective Having a face like a monkey or a pug; monkey-faced.

Puggaree noun Same as Puggry .

Pugger transitive verb To pucker. [ Obsolete]

Puggered adjective Puckered. [ Obsolete] Dr. H. More.

Pugging noun [ See Pug , transitive verb ]
1. The act or process of working and tempering clay to make it plastic and of uniform consistency, as for bricks, for pottery, etc.

2. (Architecture) Mortar or the like, laid between the joists under the boards of a floor, or within a partition, to deaden sound; -- in the United States usually called deafening .

Pugging adjective Thieving. [ Obsolete] Shak.

Puggry, Puggree noun [ Written also puggaree , puggeree , etc.] [ Hind. pagri turban.] A light scarf wound around a hat or helmet to protect the head from the sun. [ India] Yule.

A blue-gray felt hat with a gold puggaree .
Kipling.

Pugh interj. Pshaw! pish! -- a word used in contempt or disdain.

Pugil noun [ Latin pugillus , pugillum , a handful, akin to pugnus the fist.] As much as is taken up between the thumb and two first fingers. [ Obsolete] Bacon.

Pugilism noun [ Latin pugil a pugilist, boxer, akin to pugnus the fist. Confer Pugnacious , Fist .] The practice of boxing, or fighting with the fist.

Pugilist noun [ Latin pugil .] One who fights with his fists; esp., a professional prize fighter; a boxer.

Pugilistic adjective Of or pertaining to pugillism.

Pugnacious adjective [ Latin pugnax , -acis , from pugnare to fight. Confer Pugilism , Fist .] Disposed to fight; inclined to fighting; quarrelsome; fighting. -- Pug*na"cious*ly , adverb -- Pug*na"cious*ness , noun

Pugnacity noun [ Latin pugnacitas : confer French pugnacité .] Inclination or readiness to fight; quarrelsomeness. " A national pugnacity of character." Motley.