huff

[ huhf ]
/ hʌf /

noun

a mood of sulking anger; a fit of resentment: Just because you disagree, don't walk off in a huff.

verb (used with object)

verb (used without object)

Origin of huff

1575–85; imitative; see puff
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British Dictionary definitions for huff

huff

/ (hʌf) /

noun

a passing mood of anger or pique (esp in the phrase in a huff)

verb

to make or become angry or resentful
(intr) to blow or puff heavily
Also: blow draughts to remove (an opponent's draught) from the board for failure to make a capture
(tr) obsolete to bully
huffing and puffing empty threats or objections; bluster

Derived Forms

huffish or huffy, adjectivehuffily or huffishly, adverbhuffiness or huffishness, noun

Word Origin for huff

C16: of imitative origin; compare puff
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Idioms and Phrases with huff

huff


In addition to the idiom beginning with huff

  • huff and puff

also see:

  • in a huff
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