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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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  • But Mars is huffed, and declines to accept consolation in any shape.

    Rossmoyne Unknown
  • They were like the wolf of pre-atomic days who huffed and puffed to blow the house down.

    Acid Bath Vaseleos Garson
  • One day, when he was speaking upon the subject, I asked him if he ever huffed his wife about his dinner?

  • There was an interruption here while Mantelish huffed reflexively.

    Legacy James H Schmitz
  • In capturing, the player must choose the direction by which he can take the greatest number of men or queens, or he may be huffed.

  • If you displayed no wish to hear the "good one," he was huffed.

    The House with the Green Shutters George Douglas Brown
  • So he huffed and he puffed, and he puffed and he huffed, and at last he blew the house down, and ate up the second little Pig.

    The Golden Goose Book L. Leslie Brooke
British Dictionary definitions for huffed


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 huffed



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 huffed



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 huffed


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