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miff

[mif]
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noun
  1. petulant displeasure; ill humor.
  2. a petty quarrel.
verb (used with object)
  1. 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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British Dictionary definitions for miff

miff

verb
  1. to take offence or offend
noun
  1. a petulant mood
  2. a petty quarrel

Word Origin

C17: perhaps an imitative expression of bad temper
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Word Origin and History for miff

n.

1620s, "fit of ill humor," perhaps imitative of an exclamation of disgust (cf. German muffen "to sulk").

v.

1797, "to take offense at;" 1811, "to put out of humor," from miff (n.). Related: miffed; miffing.

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