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huffy

[huhf-ee] /ˈhʌf i/
adjective, huffier, huffiest.
1.
easily offended; touchy.
2.
offended; sulky:
a huffy mood.
3.
snobbish; haughty.
Origin of huffy
1670-1680
1670-80; huff + -y1
Related forms
huffily, adverb
huffiness, noun
Synonyms
2. surly, sullen, resentful, petulant.
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  • "Don't make fun of me," said Dawn huffily, blushing like noon.

  • "You need have no anxiety about the matter," said poor Dora hotly and huffily.

    A Houseful of Girls Sarah Tytler
  • "I hain't put my good savin's into an ell jest to marry a comp'ny-keeper for mother," responded Cephas huffily.

    The Story Of Waitstill Baxter By Kate Douglas Wiggin
  • I told him huffily that if that was all he could say I had better have kept the story to myself.

    A Daughter of Raasay William MacLeod Raine
  • "Perhaps it was," replies he, huffily, turning away as they reach the wicket gate.

    Airy Fairy Lilian Margaret Wolfe Hamilton (AKA Duchess)
  • "I'm sorry you find the comparison so far-fetched," John said, huffily.

    Poor Relations Compton Mackenzie
  • She retired to her bedroom, and he huffily went out to get a cigar.

    The Trail of the Hawk Sinclair Lewis
  • “If you insist, there is nothing more to be said of course,” returned Mr. Saunderson, huffily.

  • "Well, I can't see what there is to laugh at," broke in Will, huffily.

Word Origin and History for huffily

huffy

adj.

"ready to take offense," 1670s, from huff + -y (2). Related: Huffily; huffiness.

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Slang definitions & phrases for huffily

huffy

adjective

Angry; petulant; irritable; in a huff: I didn't mean to get huffy (1848+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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