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miffed

[mift] /mɪft/
adjective
1.
put into an irritable mood, especially by an offending incident:
I was miffed when they didn't invite me to the party.
Origin of miffed
1815-1825
1815-25; miff + -ed2

miff

[mif] /mɪf/
noun
1.
petulant displeasure; ill humor.
2.
a petty quarrel.
verb (used with object)
3.
to give minor offense to; offend.
Origin
1615-25; perhaps imitative of exclamation of disgust; compare German muffen to sulk
Synonyms
3. annoy, provoke, irritate, vex.
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  • It's all mother's doings, and Dolly's, because I miffed her old duke.

    Making Money Owen Johnson
  • "I just wish she were," I agreed dolefully; and if Nora didn't get miffed because we said that!

    We Ten Lyda Farrington Kraus
  • I declare I never in my life inserted a word between the columns of the Athenum: I feel huffed and miffed at the very supposition.

  • Was he "miffed" because he had found Turpin in happy tte--tte with her?

    Kitty's Conquest Charles King
  • Elizabeth Walbert was surprised and miffed because Dulcie had not confided in her.

  • He swelled up, blowed and strutted about like a miffed gobbler in a barn yard!

    The Humors of Falconbridge Jonathan F. Kelley
British Dictionary definitions for miffed

miff

/mɪf/
verb
1.
to take offence or offend
noun
2.
a petulant mood
3.
a petty quarrel
Word Origin
C17: perhaps an imitative expression of bad temper
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Word Origin and History for miffed
adj.

1824, past participle adjective from miff (v.). Sir Walter Scott calls it "a women's phrase."

miff

n.

1620s, "fit of ill humor," perhaps imitative of an exclamation of disgust (cf. German muffen "to sulk").

v.

1797, "to take offense at;" 1811, "to put out of humor," from miff (n.). Related: miffed; miffing.

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Slang definitions & phrases for miffed

miffed

adjective

Angered; offended: miffed over failure of pleas to raise his bail/ Dad, although miffed, took pity on Ethan and decided not to get huffy (1824+)

miff

verb

To anger; offend: The way I came on to you the other night; I thought you'd be miffed (1811+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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