[ huhf ]
/ hʌf /


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

SYNONYMS FOR huff Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for huffing (1 of 2)

/ (ˈhʌfɪŋ) /


slang the practice of inhaling toxic fumes from glue and other household products for their intoxicating effects

Derived forms of huffing

huffer, noun

British Dictionary definitions for huffing (2 of 2)

/ (hʌf) /


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

Derived forms of huff

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

Word Origin for huff

C16: of imitative origin; compare puff
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