huff and puff

Definition of huff and puff

  1. 1 :  to breathe in a loud and heavy way because of physical effort He was huffing and puffing when he got to the top of the stairs.

  2. 2 :  to show one is annoyed or angry She'll huff and puff for a while, but she'll calm down later.

Word by Word Definitions

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

    :  to proceed with labored breathing

    :  to make empty threats :  bluster

  1. :  a usually peevish and transitory spell of anger or resentment

  1. :  to blow in short gusts

    :  to exhale forcibly

    :  to breathe hard :  pant

  1. :  an act or instance of puffing :  whiff

    :  a slight explosive sound accompanying a puff

    :  a perceptible cloud or aura emitted in a puff

  1. :  of, relating to, or designed for promotion or flattery

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holding stubbornly to a belief or view

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