petulant displeasure; ill humor.
a petty quarrel.

verb (used with object)

to give minor offense to; offend.

Origin of miff

1615–25; perhaps imitative of exclamation of disgust; compare German muffen to sulk

Synonyms for miff

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British Dictionary definitions for miff



to take offence or offend


a petulant mood
a petty quarrel

Word Origin for miff

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

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


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

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