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Definition of miff

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 : a fit of ill humor
2 : a trivial quarrel


miffed; miffing; miffs

Definition of miff (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

: to put into an ill humor : offend

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Examples of miff in a Sentence


“No one asked you!” she retorted, with some miff

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Both were rejected for San Francisco’s pilot program; city officials were miffed by their abrupt rollout of numerous scooters a year ago without permission. Carolyn Said, SFChronicle.com, "Bird snatches up Scoot in electric scooter deal," 12 June 2019 Owens was inducted into the Hall, but won’t be attending the ceremony, which has miffed the game’s establishment. Jason Gay, WSJ, "Football’s Ready to Roll. Is America?," 26 July 2018 One of OnePlus’s greatest strengths is catering to Android enthusiasts on a budget, so some buyers are going to be miffed by this decision. Michael Simon, PCWorld, "OnePlus finally works up the 'courage' to dump the headphone jack in the 6T," 13 Sep. 2018 Brewers first baseman Eric Thames was miffed recently while watching TV during a rehab stint in Arizona. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Despite Cubs' surge, pesky Brewers aren't going anywhere," 12 June 2018 Also, the trio discusses March Madness, including why Coca-Cola is miffed at Grant Hill and whether the FBI influenced the selection committee’s NCAA tournament teams. Bloomberg.com, "Facebook Gets MLB, March Madness Time: Sports Business (Audio)," 12 Mar. 2018 Lelling’s stance also miffed a range of Massachusetts leaders who have been grappling with regulating the state’s nascent marijuana market. Joshua Miller, BostonGlobe.com, "US attorney throws future of legal pot in Mass. into doubt," 8 Jan. 2018 Rubio also was said to be miffed over 2016 presidential campaign ads Bridenstine cut for Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that slammed Rubio for being weak on immigration and homeland security. Ledyard King, USA TODAY, "President Trump's choice to lead NASA headed for confirmation vote after months of delay," 17 Apr. 2018 After an obstruction call on Alex Bregman miffed the Astros in their 3-1 loss Sunday to the Diamondbacks, manager A.J. Hinch got on the phone with Major League Baseball that night to reconcile a lingering question. Hunter Atkins, Houston Chronicle, "Astros' A.J. Hinch calls MLB searching for answers after questionable call against Diamondbacks," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of miff


1623, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1811, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for miff


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