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huff

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verb \ˈhəf\

Definition of huff

  1. intransitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to emit puffs (as of breath or steam) b :  to proceed with labored breathing <huffed up to the peak>

  3. 2 a :  to make empty threats :  bluster b :  to react or behave indignantly

  4. transitive verb
  5. 1 archaic :  to treat with contempt

  6. 2 :  to make angry

  7. 3 :  to utter with indignation or scorn

  8. 4 :  to inhale (noxious fumes) through the mouth for the euphoric effect produced by the inhalant

Examples of huff in a sentence

  1. The project is a complete waste of time, she huffed.

  2. <demanding to speak to the branch manager, she huffed about the rudeness of the bank teller>

Origin and Etymology of huff

imitative


First Known Use: 1583


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huff

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Definition of huff

  1. :  a usually peevish and transitory spell of anger or resentment <quit in a huff>

Examples of huff in a sentence

  1. <was in a huff because everyone was running late and the hot breakfast she had prepared was getting cold>

  2. <gets all in a huff every time anyone makes the slightest criticism>

1684

First Known Use of huff

1684

Synonym Discussion of huff

offense, resentment, umbrage, pique, dudgeon, huff mean an emotional response to or an emotional state resulting from a slight or indignity. offense implies hurt displeasure <takes deep offense at racial slurs>. resentment suggests lasting indignation or ill will <harbored a lifelong resentment of his brother>. umbrage may suggest hurt pride, resentment, or suspicion of another's motives <took umbrage at the offer of advice>. pique applies to a transient feeling of wounded vanity <in a pique I foolishly declined the invitation>. dudgeon suggests an angry fit of indignation <stormed out of the meeting in high dudgeon>. huff implies a peevish short-lived spell of anger usually at a petty cause <in a huff he slammed the door>.

offense, sin, vice, crime, scandal mean a transgression of law. offense applies to the infraction of any law, rule, or code <at that school no offense went unpunished>. sin implies an offense against moral or religious law <the sin of blasphemy>. vice applies to a habit or practice that degrades or corrupts <regarded gambling as a vice>. crime implies a serious offense punishable by the law of the state <the crime of murder>. scandal applies to an offense that outrages the public conscience <a career ruined by a sex scandal>.


HUFF Defined for English Language Learners

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huff

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verb \ˈhəf\

Definition of huff for English Language Learners

  • : to say (something) in a way that shows you are annoyed or angry


HUFF Defined for Kids

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huff

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verb \ˈhəf\

Definition of huff for Students

huffed

huffing

  1. 1 :  to give off puffs (as of air or steam)

  2. 2 :  to do or say in a way that shows anger <He huffed out of the room.>


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huff

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Definition of huff for Students

  1. :  a fit of anger or temper <We argued and she left in a huff.>


Medical Dictionary

huff

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transitive verb \ˈhəf\

Medical Definition of huff

  1. :  to inhale (noxious fumes) through the mouth for the euphoric effect produced by the inhalant; also :  to inhale the noxious fumes of (a substance) for their euphoric effect <teenagers huffing correction fluid>


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