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[huhf] /hʌf/
a mood of sulking anger; a fit of resentment:
Just because you disagree, don't walk off in a huff.
verb (used with object)
to give offense to; make angry.
to treat with arrogance or contempt; bluster at; hector or bully.
Checkers. to remove (a piece) from the board as a penalty for failing to make a compulsory capture.
Slang. to inhale the vapors of in order to become intoxicated:
to huff glue.
verb (used without object)
to take offense; speak indignantly.
to puff or blow; breathe heavily.
to swell with pride or arrogance; swagger or bluster.
Origin of huff
1575-85; imitative; see puff
1. temper, passion, pique, pet. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for huff
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  • But he threw me off his shoulders in a huff, among the daisies and the cyclamens.

    The Book of Khalid Ameen Rihani
  • James left the kitchen in a huff to return to his duties in the breakfast-room.

    A Modern Tomboy L. T. Meade
  • And despite all apology and protest, he left the house in a huff.

    The Young Mountaineers Charles Egbert Craddock
  • Then, I left him, in a huff, declaring that he couldn't drive me away.

    The Last Woman

    Ross Beeckman
  • Percy slammed down the cover and tossed away the can in a huff.

    Jim Spurling, Fisherman

    Albert Walter Tolman
British Dictionary definitions for huff


a passing mood of anger or pique (esp in the phrase in a huff)
to make or become angry or resentful
(intransitive) to blow or puff heavily
(draughts) Also blow. to remove (an opponent's draught) from the board for failure to make a capture
(transitive) (obsolete) to bully
huffing and puffing, empty threats or objections; bluster
Derived Forms
huffish, huffy, adjective
huffily, huffishly, adverb
huffiness, huffishness, noun
Word Origin
C16: of imitative origin; compare puff
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Word Origin and History for huff

mid-15c., apparently imitative of exhaling. Extended sense of "bluster with indignation" is attested from 1590s. Related: Huffed; huffing. As a slang term for a type of narcotics abuse, by 1996. As a noun from 1590s; to leave in a huff is recorded from 1778. Popular terms for "strong beer or ale" noted from 1577 include huff cap as well as mad dog and dragon's milk.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for huff



To inhale glue, gasoline, or aerosol fumes for intoxicating effect: The deaths of three Wisconsin teenagers after they inhaled aerosol fumes to get high, the practice known as ''huffing'' (1980s+ Narcotics)

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in a huff

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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Idioms and Phrases with huff


In addition to the idiom beginning with huff also see: in a huff
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