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[huhf-ee] /ˈhʌf i/
adjective, huffier, huffiest.
easily offended; touchy.
offended; sulky:
a huffy mood.
snobbish; haughty.
Origin of huffy
First recorded in 1670-80; huff + -y1
Related forms
huffily, adverb
huffiness, noun
2. surly, sullen, resentful, petulant. Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018.
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  • "You need have no anxiety about the matter," said poor Dora hotly and huffily.

    A Houseful of Girls Sarah Tytler
  • I told him huffily that if that was all he could say I had better have kept the story to myself.

    A Daughter of Raasay William MacLeod Raine
  • She retired to her bedroom, and he huffily went out to get a cigar.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • "Oh, very well, then; I daresay you know best," said the other huffily.

    Vice Versa F. Anstey
  • "Don't make fun of me," said Dawn huffily, blushing like noon.

  • "I'm sorry you find the comparison so far-fetched," John said, huffily.

    Poor Relations Compton Mackenzie
  • "Well, I can't see what there is to laugh at," broke in Will, huffily.

  • “If you insist, there is nothing more to be said of course,” returned Mr. Saunderson, huffily.

  • "Perhaps it was," replies he, huffily, turning away as they reach the wicket gate.

    Airy Fairy Lilian Margaret Wolfe Hamilton (AKA Duchess)
Word Origin and History for huffily



"ready to take offense," 1670s, from huff + -y (2). Related: Huffily; huffiness.

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



Angry; petulant; irritable; in a huff: I didn't mean to get huffy (1848+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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