\ ˈhəf How to pronounce huff (audio) \
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

Verb “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 Noun 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 As Johnson huffs and bluffs toward a possible cliff edge on Brexit, all sorts of industries are getting twitchy: global financial services in the City of London, Land Rover assembly plants in the West Midlands and more. Washington Post, "Boris Johnson’s no-deal Brexit could lead British lambs to slaughter," 17 Aug. 2019 McKinnon, who has also memorably portrayed Hillary Clinton, Angela Merkel and other pols on the late-night show, plays RBG as a defiant, vitamin-huffing roadblock to President Trump. Washington Post, "Ruth Bader Ginsburg met Kate McKinnon, her SNL doppelganger, at a musical," 15 Aug. 2019 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun When things go awry on the day of the Michelin inspector’s visit, M. Amité takes his frustration out on Apollo, who dashes off in a huff. Brigit Katz, Smithsonian, "A Steinbeck Story About a Chef and His Cat Has Been Published in English for the First Time," 1 Aug. 2019 These threats consistently sound hollow, like the Big Bad Wolf vowing to huff and puff and blow a little pig’s house in when the abode is made of brick. Lionel Shriver, Harper's magazine, "No Exit," 10 Apr. 2019 And my lungs huff, voicing their regret at my choice to bum a loose cigarette on Saturday night. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "Why You Should Ski Uphill This Spring," 29 Apr. 2019 These included Diderot’s initial co-editor Jean le Rond d’Alembert, a brilliant scientist who quit in a huff early on, Voltaire, Rousseau, Montesquieu and an erudite nobleman named Louis de Jaucourt, who wrote more than 17,000 entries. Dan Hofstadter, WSJ, "‘Diderot’ Review: Wherever His Mind Led Him," 15 Feb. 2019 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

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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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23 Oct 2019

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The first known use of huff was in 1583

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English Language Learners Definition of huff

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


\ ˈhəf How to pronounce huff (audio) \
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 How to pronounce huff (audio) \

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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