- petulant displeasure; ill humor.
- a petty quarrel.
- to give minor offense to; offend.
Origin of miff
1615–25; perhaps imitative of exclamation of disgust; compare German muffen to sulk
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3. annoy, provoke, irritate, vex.
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- to take offence or offend
- a petulant mood
- a petty quarrel
C17: perhaps an imitative expression of bad temper
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Word Origin and History for miff
1620s, "fit of ill humor," perhaps imitative of an exclamation of disgust (cf. German muffen "to sulk").
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