miff

[ mif ]
/ mɪf /

noun

petulant displeasure; ill humor.
a petty quarrel.

verb (used with object)

to give minor offense to; offend.

Nearby words

  1. mies van der rohe,
  2. mies van der rohe, ludwig,
  3. miescher,
  4. miescher's granulomatosis,
  5. mifepristone,
  6. miffed,
  7. mifflin,
  8. mifflin, thomas,
  9. miffy,
  10. mifune

Origin of miff

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

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British Dictionary definitions for miff

miff

/ (mɪf) informal /

verb

to take offence or offend

noun

a petulant mood
a petty quarrel

Word Origin for miff

C17: perhaps an imitative expression of bad temper

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