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: a fit of ill humor
: a trivial quarrel


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miffed; miffing; miffs

transitive verb

: to put into an ill humor : offend

Examples of miff in a Sentence

Noun “No one asked you!” she retorted, with some miff
Recent Examples on the Web
One man, a cabdriver, was still miffed about having to apply for a license twice. Jia Tolentino, The New Yorker, 19 Feb. 2024 That said, several skeptics at the screening were miffed at the documentary’s complete neutrality, which never considers that the psychics might be embellishing their communication with the other side. William Earl, Variety, 22 Jan. 2024 Meanwhile, many employees at OpenAI were miffed by the decision. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 22 Nov. 2023 They were miffed and accused us of being unwelcoming. Amy Dickinson, Anchorage Daily News, 14 Sep. 2023 If Ford feels miffed by them lumping the company in with the others, tough. Phoebe Wall Howard, The Courier-Journal, 8 Sep. 2023 Mahomes’ Week 1 numbers: His fantasy owners will certainly be miffed. Nate Davis, USA TODAY, 8 Sep. 2023 Getting mad at Chapek for not involving him in company decisions Even as executive chair, Iger was reportedly miffed at Chapek for not including him in company decisions. Emma Roth, The Verge, 6 Sep. 2023 Doncic was already miffed after receiving a technical in the first quarter after officials didn’t call a foul on Brooks during his drive to the basket. oregonlive, 6 Sep. 2023 See More

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Word History



origin unknown

First Known Use


1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1811, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of miff was in 1623

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“Miff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miff. Accessed 26 Feb. 2024.

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