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What word should I use to indicate the sound that a person makes when blowing through their mouth (e.g they're blowing out a candle or blowing hot noodles before eating)?

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    English does not restrict spellings when non-linguistic sounds are being expressed. So, any way you want to. Consult some comix for examples. Commented Sep 2, 2022 at 14:27

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I suppose it could be opinion-based, but I offer

I huffed out the candle.

Chambers Dictionary has

huff
verb
to blow or puff loudly

ETYMOLOGY
16c: imitating the sound of blowing or puffing loudly.

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    I think of huff as coming from the throat with lips/mouth open not acting as a nozzle to increase or direct the flow.
    – Jim
    Commented Sep 2, 2022 at 16:35
  • @Jim that sounds like a 'grunt' to me. Commented Sep 2, 2022 at 17:02
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    I think a grunt has some vocalization in it. A huff is just air being expelled. Like A single breath/exhale from the series of breaths you’re making when you just got done running hard.
    – Jim
    Commented Sep 2, 2022 at 17:44
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Sigh is used for the sound of blowing air out, although it has another usage as well. Merriam-Webster makes the distinction clear with two senses listed for the noun sigh and we are referring to the second sense:

1 : an often involuntary act of sighing especially when expressing an emotion or feeling (such as weariness or relief)
2 : the sound of gently moving or escaping air
// sighs of the summer breeze

It is even mentioned in Japanese Manga SFX (sound effects) where you would expect to see it. It is used in anime/cartoon subtitles also.

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Source: thejadednetwork.com

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  • I don't think this is a common English usage. I suspect a poor translation from Japanese.
    – Barmar
    Commented Sep 4, 2022 at 22:00
  • It is not about colloquial usage though. It is a written representation of a sound used in mangas, animes, comics etc.; and it is related to one of the senses of sigh.
    – ermanen
    Commented Sep 5, 2022 at 7:09

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