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huff

verb \ ˈhəf \

Definition of huff

intransitive verb
1 a :to emit puffs (as of breath or steam)
b :to proceed with labored breathing
  • huffed up to the peak
2 a :to make empty threats :bluster
b :to react or behave indignantly
transitive verb
1 archaic :to treat with contempt
2 :to make angry
3 :to utter with indignation or scorn
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

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Origin and Etymology of huff

imitative

huff Synonyms


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huff

noun

Definition of huff

: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

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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


HUFF Defined for English Language Learners

huff

verb

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

verb \ ˈhəf \

Definition of huff for Students

huffed; huffing
1 :to give off puffs (as of air or steam)
2 :to do or say in a way that shows anger
  • He huffed out of the room.

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huff

noun

Definition of huff for Students

:a fit of anger or temper
  • We argued and she left in a huff.

Medical Dictionary

huff

transitive verb \ ˈhəf \

medical Definition of huff

: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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