huff

[huhf]
noun
1.
a mood of sulking anger; a fit of resentment: Just because you disagree, don't walk off in a huff.
verb (used with object)
2.
to give offense to; make angry.
3.
to treat with arrogance or contempt; bluster at; hector or bully.
4.
Checkers. to remove (a piece) from the board as a penalty for failing to make a compulsory capture.
5.
Slang. to inhale the vapors of in order to become intoxicated: to huff glue.
verb (used without object)
6.
to take offense; speak indignantly.
7.
to puff or blow; breathe heavily.
8.
to swell with pride or arrogance; swagger or bluster.

Origin:
1575–85; imitative; see puff


1. temper, passion, pique, pet.
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huff (hʌf)
 
n
1.  a passing mood of anger or pique (esp in the phrase in a huff)
 
vb
2.  to make or become angry or resentful
3.  (intr) to blow or puff heavily
4.  draughts Also: blow to remove (an opponent's draught) from the board for failure to make a capture
5.  obsolete (tr) to bully
6.  huffing and puffing empty threats or objections; bluster
 
[C16: of imitative origin; compare puff]
 
'huffish
 
adj
 
'huffy
 
adj
 
'huffily
 
adv
 
'huffishly
 
adv
 
'huffiness
 
n
 
'huffishness
 
n

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Word Origin & History

huff
mid-15c., apparently imitative of exhaling. Extended sense of "bluster with indignation" is attested from 1590s. Huffy "ready to take offense" is from 1670s.
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Computing Dictionary

huff definition

compression
To compress data using Huffman coding. Various programs that use such methods have been called "HUFF" or some variant thereof.
Opposite: puff. Compare crunch, compress.
[Jargon File]
(1994-12-23)

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Idioms & Phrases

huff

In addition to the idiom beginning with huff, also see in a huff.

The American Heritage® Dictionary of Idioms by Christine Ammer.
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Example sentences
Those of us pacing beneath listen to him grunt and huff.
Their work is complete when the victims log off in a huff.
The driver will shoo your hands away from the safety device with an exasperated huff.
Huff argues the district court improperly applied a presumption of reasonableness to the applicable guidelines range.
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