hassock vs puff what difference

what is difference between hassock and puff

English

Etymology

Old English hassuc, of uncertain origin.

Pronunciation

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈhasək/
  • Rhymes: -æsək

Noun

hassock (plural hassocks)

  1. A dense clump of grass or vegetation; a tussock. [from 10th c.]
  2. A cushion used primarily in churches for kneeling on while praying. [from 16th c.] Synonym: kneeler
    • 1978, Lawrence Durrell, Livia, Faber & Faber 1992 (Avignon Quintet), p. 357:
      At the next service he found a flower on his hassock and a highly suggestive Catholic bookmarker tucked into his hymn-book.
  3. A thick cushion used as a seat; an ottoman or pouffe.

Translations

Anagrams

  • Hosacks, shackos


English

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /pʌf/
  • Rhymes: -ʌf

Etymology 1

From Middle English puff, puf, from Old English pyf (a blast of wind, puff), imitative. Cognate with Middle Low German puf, pof.

Noun

puff (countable and uncountable, plural puffs)

  1. (countable) A sharp exhalation of a small amount of breath through the mouth.
  2. (uncountable) The ability to breathe easily while exerting oneself.
    Synonym: wind
  3. (countable) A small quantity of gas or smoke in the air.
  4. (countable) A sudden but small gust of wind, smoke, etc.
    • 1674, Thomas Flatman, Poems and Songs
      to every puff of wind a slave
  5. (informal, countable) An act of inhaling smoke from a cigarette, cigar or pipe.
    Synonym: drag
  6. (uncountable, slang) The drug cannabis.
    Synonyms: see Thesaurus:marijuana
  7. (countable) A flamboyant or alluring statement of praise.
    • 1902, Robert Marshall Grade, The Haunted Major
      [] though I care not one straw for the personal puffs of which I myself am so often the subject []
    • 1931, Bernard Shaw, Our Theatre in the Nineties (volume 24, page 246)
      [] we critics were not his fellow-guests, but simply deadheads whose business it was to “dress the house” and write puffs.
  8. A portion of fabric gathered up so as to be left full in the middle.
    a sleeve with a puff at the shoulder
  9. (countable) A light cake filled with cream, cream cheese, etc.
    Synonyms: pastry, cream puff
  10. A puffball.
    • 1598, John Florio, A Worlde of Wordes, or Most Copious, and Exact Dictionarie in Italian and English, London: Edward Blount, p. 47,[1]
      Bozzacchio, an acorne. Also a puffe or mushrump full of dust.
  11. A powder puff.
  12. (dated, slang) A puffer, one who is employed by the owner or seller of goods sold at auction to bid up the price; an act or scam of that type.
    • 1842, “A Paper on Puffing”, Ainsworth’s Magazine
      Is nothing to be said in praise of the “Emporiums” and “Repositories” and “Divans,” which formerly were mere insignificant tailors’, toymen’s, and tobacconists’ shops? Is the transition from the barber’s pole to the revolving bust of the perruquier, nothing? — the leap from the bare counter-traversed shop to the carpeted and mirrored saloon of trade, nothing? Are they not, one and all, practical puffs, intended to invest commerce with elegance, and to throw a halo round extravagance?
    • 1848, Mrs. White, “Puffs and Puffing”, in Sharpe’s London Magazine
      Here the duke is made the vehicle of the tailor’s advertisement, and the prelusive compliments, ostensibly meant for his grace, merge into a covert recommendation of the coat. Several specimens might be given of this species of puff, which is to be met with in almost every paper, and is a favourite form with booksellers, professional men, &c.
    • 2008, David Paton-Williamspage, Katterfelto, page xii
      He was the eighteenth century king of spin, or, in the language of the day, the “prince of puff“.
  13. (genetics) A region of a chromosome exhibiting a local increase in diameter.
  14. (slang, dated, Britain) Life.
    • 1938, P. G. Wodehouse, The Code of the Woosters
      Did you ever in your puff see such a perfect perisher?
  15. (derogatory, slang, Britain, particularly northern UK) Synonym of poof: a male homosexual, especially an effeminate one.
Derived terms
Translations

Etymology 2

From Middle English puffen, from Old English pyffan (to breathe out, blow with the mouth). Compare Dutch puffen, German Low German puffen, German puffen, Danish puffe, Swedish puffa.

Verb

puff (third-person singular simple present puffs, present participle puffing, simple past and past participle puffed)

  1. (intransitive) To emit smoke, gas, etc., in puffs.
  2. (intransitive) To pant.
    • 1692, Roger L’Estrange, Fables of Aesop and Other Eminent Mythologists
      By and by comes the ass back again, Puffing and Blowing, from the Chase.
    • 1918, Edgar Rice Burroughs, The Land That Time Forgot Chapter VI
      Puffing and panting, we plodded on until within about a mile of the harbor we came upon a sight that brought us all up standing.
  3. (transitive, archaic) To advertise.
  4. To blow as an expression of scorn.
    • It is really to defy Heaven to puff at damnation.
  5. To swell with air; to be dilated or inflated.
    • 1690, Robert Boyle, The Christian Virtuoso
      ’tis easy for a man to have a great opinion of his own knowledge , and be puff’d up by it
  6. To breathe in a swelling, inflated, or pompous manner; hence, to assume importance.
    • 1633, George Herbert, The Quip
      Then came brave Glory puffing by.
  7. To drive with a puff, or with puffs.
    • The clearing north will puff the clouds away.
  8. To repel with words; to blow at contemptuously.
    • 1685, John Dryden, The Twenty-Ninth Ode of the First Book of Horace
      I puff the prostitute away.
  9. To cause to swell or dilate; to inflate.
    a bladder puffed with air
  10. To inflate with pride, flattery, self-esteem, etc.; often with up.
    • 1881, Benjamin Jowett, Thucydides Translated into English
      puffed up with military success
  11. To praise with exaggeration; to flatter; to call public attention to by praises; to praise unduly.
Derived terms
  • outpuff
  • puffed
  • puff up
  • puff out
Translations

Finnish

Interjection

puff

  1. poof (deflating object or a magical disappearance)

Hungarian

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): [ˈpufː]
  • Hyphenation: puff
  • Rhymes: -ufː

Etymology 1

From German puffen.

Noun

puff (plural puffok)

  1. pouf, puff, pouffe (a backless, rounded, cushioned low stool)
  2. (dressmaking) pouf (on the upper part of the sleeves)
  3. puff, powder puff (a pad of soft material used for the application of cosmetic powder to the face)
Declension

Etymology 2

Back-formation from puffad, puffant, puffaszt.

Interjection

puff

  1. bang! pouf! (onomatopoeia representing a sudden sharp noise or crashing sound)

References

Further reading

  • (pouf, puff, pouffe): puff in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh. A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (’The Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962. Fifth ed., 1992: →ISBN
  • (bang): puff in Bárczi, Géza and László Országh. A magyar nyelv értelmező szótára (’The Explanatory Dictionary of the Hungarian Language’). Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1959–1962. Fifth ed., 1992: →ISBN

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