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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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Examples from the Web for huffy
Historical Examples
  • I hadn't figured on Mrs. Murtha goin' huffy so sudden, either.

    Torchy, Private Sec. Sewell Ford
  • They don't know what you mean, and they don't know whether to get huffy or not.

    Back Home Eugene Wood
  • And he got huffy, lay down in his den, and started sucking his paws.

  • “You made him huffy by being suspicious,” said Ingleborough.

    A Dash from Diamond City George Manville Fenn
  • He was huffy in a moment; I never knew a man so touchy about an aunt.

    Three Men on the Bummel Jerome K. Jerome
  • "I don't know any that is not respectable," the Major replied, in a huffy manner.

    The Golden House Charles Dudley Warner
  • "Oh, that is all very well," replied Everard, in rather a huffy voice.

    Mollie's Prince

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

  • "I say, you needn't be so huffy," cried Riggleton, who again joined him.

    The Everlasting Arms

    Joseph Hocking
  • The ground floor of the house of Alison the huffy is closed.

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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