huff

verb
\ 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

huff

noun

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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Noun

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 Mimicking the movements of a human being, Baris huffs and puffs, its body subtly lurching up and down a few times — an indicator of fatigue. NBC News, "Robot waiters, video doctors: SKorea moves to less personal contact," 20 May 2020 Two keys to using the mouth call: Don’t simply blow across the reeds, but huff air up from deep in your diaphragm. Michael Hanback, Outdoor Life, "25 Top Spring Turkey Hunting Tips," 20 Apr. 2020 So, no, eating lots of garlic and huffing essential oils won’t ward off COVID-19. Spraying colloidal silver up your nose won’t stop SARS-CoV-2 from invading. Beth Mole, Ars Technica, "Don’t Panic: The comprehensive Ars Technica guide to the coronavirus [Updated 4/5]," 5 Apr. 2020 Daly gets to his ball, huffing heavily on a heater. Paul Daugherty, Cincinnati.com, "Doc's Morning Line: What Joe Burrow knows that most prospects have yet to figure out," 20 Apr. 2020 After huffing, puffing and failing to blow Jaylon Henderson’s house down, the Rams dropped to 4-7 since the start of the 2017 in games decided by eight or fewer. Sean Keeler, The Denver Post, "If Joe Parker is selling Mike Bobo in 2020, CSU Rams fans ain’t buying," 30 Nov. 2019 Instead of huffing it back up the hill for another run, a tow line pulls riders back up the hill. Kellie Hwang, Indianapolis Star, "Put down the remote and embrace Indiana winter with these fun activities and destinations," 15 Nov. 2019 October 22: Chem trails are real and Diplo huffs them. Kat Bein, Billboard, "The Year in Diplo Photos," 30 Dec. 2019 Some of you reading this are suddenly huffing and puffing, shocked that Hamilton was bumped from the list. Chris Quinn, Editor, cleveland, "Jay-Z and Beyonce vs Hamilton? How we hope to spark your good-natured debate: Letter from the Editor," 14 Dec. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Once, Zimmer called for a two-point conversion in a huff after his rookie kicker missed one field goal. Star Tribune, "With NFL teams scoring at a record pace, this is foreign territory for Vikings coach Mike Zimmer," 3 Oct. 2020 From afar, my wife, Dana, and I must have looked like hotel guests in a huff. Darrell Hartman, Condé Nast Traveler, "These Inns Are Redefining the Catskills," 29 Sep. 2020 It’s probably not the truth as Riley has made amends with everyone who left in a huff, including Shaquille O’Neal. Dave Hyde, sun-sentinel.com, "Hyde: Heat at their best in finishing Boston — and here comes LeBron | Commentary," 27 Sep. 2020 But a weeknight huff was enough to send me straight back to the Left Bank with visions of Provence. Chloe Schama, Vogue, "9 Perfumes That Let You Travel (When COVID Won’t)," 13 July 2020 One friend of mine repeatedly scolded a roommate who refused to stop going to parties or to wash his hands, until the guy moved out in a huff. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, "The Bushwick House Share Was a Haven—Then COVID-19 Struck," 25 May 2020 Another half-mile haul of huff-and-puff hiking culminates at a crest overlooking Perry Mesa and the twisted gorge of the Agua Fria River. Mare Czinar, azcentral, "Don't be put off by the burn scar. This Agua Fria River overlook hike is well worth it," 21 Nov. 2019 Johnson resigned in a huff over Brexit in July 2018, heading out the door right behind Brexit Secretary David Davis. Washington Post, "Theresa May packs her bags, her legacy dominated by failure," 18 July 2019 But not to get his attention, and not in a huff — but instead just to get some sleep. Carolyn Hax, Washington Post, "Carolyn Hax: The land of Nod has boundaries. Recognize them.," 12 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of huff

Verb

1583, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1a

Noun

1684, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for huff

Verb

imitative

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“Huff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/huff. Accessed 31 Oct. 2020.

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More Definitions for huff

huff

verb
How to pronounce huff (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of huff

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

huff

verb
\ 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.

huff

noun

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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