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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

Noun “No one asked you!” she retorted, with some miff
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Others were miffed by the obvious double standards. Ineye Komonibo, refinery29.com, "The Internet Is Torn Over This Video Of Dua Lipa & Lizzo At A Strip Club," 28 Jan. 2020 Ankara is also miffed that Washington is backing Turkey’s rivals in a natural gas dispute with Cyprus and in other regional conflicts. Washington Post, "Understanding the Feuds Plaguing U.S.-Turkey Alliance," 16 Dec. 2019 President Trump was reportedly miffed by Mulvaney's admission, and even the Justice Department distanced itself from Mulvaney's statement. Doug Criss, CNN, "5 things to know for October 18: Syria, impeachment, Brexit, GM, storms," 18 Oct. 2019 York’s report at the Examiner examined documents sent by State Department inspector general Steve Linick to Congress, responding to members miffed by a presidential visit to the Turnberry Resort. John Hirschauer, National Review, "Rachel Maddow’s Turnberry Tale," 12 Sep. 2019 Scouts were miffed that Alabama’s Quinnen Williams, seen by some of the top talent in the draft, wasn’t even slightly under consideration by Lynch and Shanahan. Jon Becker, The Mercury News, "Report: 49ers scouts rip Lynch, Shanahan draft decisions," 25 July 2019 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

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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


origin unknown

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“Miff.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/miff. Accessed 6 May. 2021.

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