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.

3. <zoology> Any plectognath fish which inflates its body, as the species of Tetrodon and Diodon; called also blower, puff-fish, swellfish, and globefish. The common, or harbor, porpoise.

4. A kier.

(01 Mar 1998)

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