put into an irritable mood, especially by an offending incident: I was miffed when they didn't invite me to the party.

Origin of miffed

First recorded in 1815–25; miff + -ed2




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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Examples from the Web for miffed

Contemporary Examples of miffed

Historical Examples of miffed

  • "I just wish she were," I agreed dolefully; and if Nora didn't get miffed because we said that!

    We Ten

    Lyda Farrington Kraus

  • In simple terms, Joseph, you are miffed because I will not cover your bets.

    The Big Fix

    George Oliver Smith

  • Was he "miffed" because he had found Turpin in happy tte--tte with her?

    Kitty's Conquest

    Charles King

  • Elizabeth Walbert was surprised and miffed because Dulcie had not confided in her.

  • It's all mother's doings, and Dolly's, because I miffed her old duke.

    Making Money

    Owen Johnson

British Dictionary definitions for miffed



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 miffed

1824, past participle adjective from miff (v.). Sir Walter Scott calls it "a women's phrase."



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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