- a mood of sulking anger; a fit of resentment: Just because you disagree, don't walk off in a huff.
- to give offense to; make angry.
- to treat with arrogance or contempt; bluster at; hector or bully.
- Checkers. to remove (a piece) from the board as a penalty for failing to make a compulsory capture.
- Slang. to inhale the vapors of in order to become intoxicated: to huff glue.
- to take offense; speak indignantly.
- to puff or blow; breathe heavily.
- to swell with pride or arrogance; swagger or bluster.
Origin of huff
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Contemporary Examples of huffed
“When a party is in the minority, it has to add, not subtract,” huffed Jennifer Rubin.The Bill Clinton and DLC Model For Reinventing the Republican Party
March 14, 2013
The Germans have huffed and puffed but always caved in, in the end.Europe’s Surprise Economic Boom
June 22, 2011
“The cumulative delay across the three sites totaled 999 days,” a Silverstein spokesman huffed in August.Five Fall Feuds
Samuel P. Jacobs
September 4, 2009
Historical Examples of huffed
In truth, I was huffed with you when last we parted, but I have had you in my mind for all that.'Micah Clarke
Arthur Conan Doyle
They were like the wolf of pre-atomic days who huffed and puffed to blow the house down.Acid Bath
The cornet, as one of the historians of the time expresses it, "huffed and retired."Charles I
There was an interruption here while Mantelish huffed reflexively.Legacy
James H Schmitz
So he huffed and he puffed, and he blew his house in, and eat up the little pig.Aunt Friendly's Picture Book.
- a passing mood of anger or pique (esp in the phrase in a huff)
- 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
Word Origin for huff
mid-15c., apparently imitative of exhaling. Extended sense of "bluster with indignation" is attested from 1590s. Related: Huffed; huffing. As a slang term for a type of narcotics abuse, by 1996. As a noun from 1590s; to leave in a huff is recorded from 1778. Popular terms for "strong beer or ale" noted from 1577 include huff cap as well as mad dog and dragon's milk.
In addition to the idiom beginning with huff
- huff and puff
- in a huff