\ ˈhə-fē How to pronounce huffy (audio) \
huffier; huffiest

Definition of huffy

2a : roused to indignation : irritated
b : easily offended : touchy

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Other Words from huffy

huffily \ ˈhə-​fə-​lē How to pronounce huffily (audio) \ adverb
huffiness \ ˈhə-​fē-​nəs How to pronounce huffiness (audio) \ noun

Synonyms & Antonyms for huffy


tetchy, thin-skinned, ticklish, touchy



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Examples of huffy in a Sentence

Now, don't get huffy—I was only teasing. the comedy is about a huffy actress who loudly protests every perceived insult, no matter how slight

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Surgeons can occasionally get a bit huffy about this traditional distinction between physicians and surgeons, and Dr. van de Laar, a laparoscopic surgeon in Amsterdam, is no exception. Laura Kolbe, WSJ, "‘Under the Knife’ Review: The Kindest Cuts," 14 Nov. 2018 Nate Silver of FiveThirtyEight and Nate Cohn (who, at the Times, is one of the needle’s masterminds) sniped at each other about the assumptions built into their models; everyone got really huffy about correlated errors for a few days. Dara Lind, Vox, "America’s love-hate relationship with the New York Times election needle, explained," 6 Nov. 2018 Current and former members of the administration were predictably huffy. David Z. Morris, Fortune, "Is the Michelle Wolf White House Correspondents' Dinner Backlash All About Gender?," 29 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of huffy

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of huffy

informal : angry or annoyed


\ ˈhə-fē How to pronounce huffy (audio) \
huffier; huffiest

Kids Definition of huffy

: easily offended or angered : petulant

Other Words from huffy

huffily \ ˈhə-​fə-​lē \ adverb “Why don't you look where you're going?” she asked huffily. — Mildred D. Taylor, Roll of Thunder

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to form ideas or theories about something

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