huff

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English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Probably an altered spelling of earlier *hough, represented by Scots hech (to breathe hard, pant). Compare also German hauchen (to breathe).

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

huff (plural huffs)

  1. A heavy breath; a grunt or sigh.
    With a huff, he lifted the box onto the back of the truck.
  2. An expression of anger, annoyance, disgust, etc.
    Freyja left in a huff.
  3. (obsolete) A boaster; one swelled with a false sense of value or importance.
    Lewd, shallow-brained huffs make atheism and contempt of religion the sole badge [] of wit. — South.

Verb[edit]

huff (third-person singular simple present huffs, present participle huffing, simple past and past participle huffed)

  1. To breathe heavily.
    The run left him huffing and puffing.
  2. To inhale psychoactive inhalants.
  3. To say in a huffy manner.
  4. (draughts) To remove an opponent's piece as a forfeit for deliberately not taking a piece (often signalled by blowing on it).
  5. To enlarge; to swell up.
    Bread huffs.
  6. To bluster or swell with anger, pride, or arrogance; to storm; to take offense.
    • South
      This senseless arrogant conceit of theirs made them huff at the doctrine of repentance.
  7. To treat with insolence and arrogance; to chide or rebuke rudely; to hector; to bully.
    • Echard
      You must not presume to huff us.

Norwegian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Onomatopoeia

Interjection[edit]

huff

  1. expression of minor revulsion, minor horror
    uff huff, så mye mas!
    huff a meg!

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Noun[edit]

huff n

  1. An instance of uttering huff.

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References[edit]

  • “huff” in The Bokmål Dictionary / The Nynorsk Dictionary.
  • huff” in The Ordnett Dictionary