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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. 2017.
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  • He kept this up so long that finally I got huffy and asked him what the trouble was.

  • They don't know what you mean, and they don't know whether to get huffy or not.

    Back Home Eugene Wood
  • Thank God you're not the sort to get huffy about it, and want me dancing attendance on you.

    Captivity M. Leonora Eyles
  • And he got huffy, lay down in his den, and started sucking his paws.

  • She might get huffy, you know, when she finds out weve been meetin all the nice people and leavin her in the cold.

    Polly and Her Friends Abroad Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  • “You made him huffy by being suspicious,” said Ingleborough.

    A Dash from Diamond City George Manville Fenn
  • Now see here, young man, I won't have you speaking to me in that huffy way!

    Babbitt Sinclair Lewis
  • "I don't know any that is not respectable," the Major replied, in a huffy manner.

    The Golden House Charles Dudley Warner
  • He was huffy in a moment; I never knew a man so touchy about an aunt.

    Three Men on the Bummel Jerome K. Jerome
  • "Oh, that is all very well," replied Everard, in rather a huffy voice.

    Mollie's Prince Rosa Nouchette Carey
Word Origin and History for huffy

"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 huffy



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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