\ˈhəf \
huffed; huffing; huffs

Definition of huff 

(Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1a : to emit puffs (as of breath or steam)

b : to proceed with labored breathing huffed up to the peak

2a : 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



Definition of huff (Entry 2 of 2)

: a usually peevish and transitory spell of anger or resentment quit in a huff

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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

Examples of huff in a Sentence


“The project is a complete waste of time,” she huffed. demanding to speak to the branch manager, she huffed about the rudeness of the bank teller


was in a huff because everyone was running late and the hot breakfast she had prepared was getting cold gets all in a huff every time anyone makes the slightest criticism
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

West Virginia man allegedly huffed paint, beat mother with spatula. Fox News, "FOX NEWS FIRST: Supreme showdown set for Kavanaugh, accuser; DOJ asked to probe John Kerry's 'shadow diplomacy'," 18 Sep. 2018 Fitness buffs huff and puff up and down the amphitheater aisles all year long, and wise ones keep their eyes open. Christopher Reynolds,, "Sitting in the palm of nature: The unique energy — and performances — of Colorado's Red Rocks Amphitheatre," 12 July 2018 When Leo gets back from his date with a rose in hand, Chris huffs out of the room without saying a word. Anna Moeslein, Glamour, "The Bachelorette Season 14 Episode 6 Recap: Chris Is the Worst," 2 July 2018 As Kyle Farmer stepped into the batter’s box against Chicago Cubs reliever Justin Wilson, Yasmani Grandal huffed up the steps into the clubhouse. Andy Mccullough,, "Dodgers settle for split in doubleheader with Cubs," 20 June 2018 Deadpool, more than any other Marvel Comics hero, huffs the fumes of plot dadaism, which fits Wilson's eff-the-world attitude to a tee. Sam Machkovech, Ars Technica, "Deadpool 2 review: Not better, but still enough bloody fun for series fans," 17 May 2018 Our potty-mouthed and essentially unkillable protagonist huffs a few breaths from his gas oven before lying down on several barrels full of test fuel. Christopher Orr, The Atlantic, "Deadpool 2 Is Even Better Than the Original," 14 May 2018 Zielinski old investigators the items were for huffing glue, according to WVLT. Travis Fedschun, Fox News, "Man nicknamed 'Captain Jack Sparrow' huffed glue, kicked Tennessee cops, police say," 7 May 2018 He was also arrested in Jacksonville for drinking beer at a beach and twice for huffing an aerosol can during the same two-month span, according to WFTV 9, the ABC affiliate in Orlando. Justin Sayers, The Courier-Journal, "Ex-Indiana University wrestler, Florida man, charged with kicking swans in Orlando," 4 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Denied a chance for leave for new chances of glory, Mahrez is in a huff with Leicester and absent from full duties. USA TODAY, "Column: Mahrez head was turned but he should resume playing," 8 Feb. 2018 Skiles quit in a huff in 2016 and was eventually proven right when the Magic dumped Payton this season. George Diaz,, "Magic dumpster fire continues to burn despite fans' frustrations," 15 Apr. 2018 Maddie took off in a huff, dashing down the busy New York City sidewalk. Katherine Reynolds Lewis, The Cut, "Can Scientists Tell Me If I’m a Good Mom?," 17 Apr. 2018 Heather joins Jill in the restaurant after the director leaves in a huff, and the women have a strange encounter with an obsessed fan who looks suspiciously like Heather. Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, "Film / Money The low-budget mystery Gemini is an honest but failed study in upper-class malaise," 11 Apr. 2018 Eventually, a series of people would call until the person in charge got on the phone in a huff. Andy Kessler, WSJ, "Don’t Be Too Eager to Make a Deal," 25 Mar. 2018 Even on their own, the two planets are astrology’s favorite villains, responsible for such misfortunes as fist-fights, traffic tickets, going to jail, and getting yelled at and quitting your job in a huff., "Your Horoscope This Week," 25 Mar. 2018 Gonzalez once left Arizona in a huff, penciled out by a new regime that studied analytics before their time, cast off to spend his last two seasons with the Dodgers and Marlins. Dan Bickley, azcentral, "Paul Goldschmidt picks up Diamondbacks torch from Luis Gonzalez," 23 Mar. 2018 Newcastle United striker Ivan Toney was left in a huff after the Magpies forgot to wish the 22-year-old a happy birthday last Friday., "Newcastle Fans React to Fringe Striker's Tantrum as Magpies Forget to Wish Him Happy Birthday," 17 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of huff


1583, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a


1684, in the meaning defined above

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English Language Learners Definition of huff

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


\ˈhəf \
huffed; huffing

Kids Definition of huff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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.



Kids Definition of huff (Entry 2 of 2)

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

\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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