adjective, huff·i·er, huff·i·est.

easily offended; touchy.
offended; sulky: a huffy mood.
snobbish; haughty.

Origin of huffy

First recorded in 1670–80; huff + -y1
Related formshuff·i·ly, adverbhuff·i·ness, noun

Synonyms for huffy Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for huffily

Contemporary Examples of huffily

  • The Islamic State will not be “crushed,” as John Kerry huffily put it in a recent tweet.

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    Please—Let's Not Destroy ISIS

    Michael Tomasky

    September 15, 2014

Historical Examples of huffily

  • "You need have no anxiety about the matter," said poor Dora hotly and huffily.

  • I told him huffily that if that was all he could say I had better have kept the story to myself.

    A Daughter of Raasay

    William MacLeod Raine

  • She retired to her bedroom, and he huffily went out to get a cigar.

    The Trail of the Hawk

    Sinclair Lewis

  • "Oh, very well, then; I daresay you know best," said the other huffily.

    Vice Versa

    F. Anstey

  • "Don't make fun of me," said Dawn huffily, blushing like noon.

Word Origin and History for huffily



"ready to take offense," 1670s, from huff + -y (2). Related: Huffily; huffiness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper