huffier; huffiest
: roused to indignation : irritated
: easily offended : touchy
huffily adverb
huffiness noun

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
Recent Examples on the Web Inevitably all this tumult attracts the attention of a trio of huffy rival confectioners, Slugworth (Paterson Joseph), Prodnose (Matt Lucas), and Fickelgruber (Mathew Baynton). Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 15 Dec. 2023 Its engagingly huffy maestro, Michel Troisgros, is preparing to hand over the reins to César, his eldest son and head chef. Peter Rainer, The Christian Science Monitor, 30 Nov. 2023 Thus the mischief of the Allegretto scherzando was made more mischievous: Its huffy pace and hushed dialogues of oboes and flutes interrupted by scrubby strings. Michael Andor Brodeur, Washington Post, 13 May 2023 Opal, a huffy but tender Adrianna Mitchell, frowns beneath the frills she’s forced to wear by her mother Rabby (Benja Kay Thomas, taking everyone to church), and shares Juicy’s search for an alternative way to be. Naveen Kumar, Variety, 12 Apr. 2023 After one unexpectedly circuitous recovery mission, the X-ers sent a huffy correction to the Google Maps team. Steven Levy, WIRED, 17 Feb. 2023 And before anyone gets huffy about the cost of living on the coasts, remember that those statewide thresholds would presumably apply to less costly inland California and New York, too. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 9 May 2021 Some homophobic military goons get huffy when Joe and Nicky kiss when captured, and then the bad guys get their butts whupped. Brian Truitt, Detroit Free Press, 10 July 2020 See More

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Word History

First Known Use

1677, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of huffy was in 1677

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“Huffy.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 27 Feb. 2024.

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