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


  • IPA(key): /hʌf/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌf


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.
    • 1868, Anthony Trollope, He Knew He Was Right X:
      Such wickedness had never come into his head; but he had a certain pleasure in being the confidential friend of a very pretty woman; and when he heard that that pretty woman's husband was jealous, the pleasure was enhanced rather than otherwise. On that Sunday, as he had left the house in Curzon Street, he had told Stanbury that Trevelyan [the husband] had just gone off in a huff, which was true enough, and he had walked from thence down Clarges Street, and across Piccadilly to St. James's Street, with a jauntier step than usual, because he was aware that he himself had been the occasion of that trouble.
  3. (obsolete) a boaster; one swelled with a false sense of value or importance
    • South
      Lewd, shallow-brained huffs make atheism and contempt of religion the sole badge [] of wit.


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

  1. (intransitive) To breathe heavily.
    The run left him huffing and puffing.
  2. (intransitive) To say in a huffy manner.
  3. (intransitive) To enlarge; to swell up.
    Bread huffs.
  4. (intransitive) To bluster or swell with anger, arrogance, or pride; to storm; to take offense. [from the 16th c.]
    • South
      This senseless arrogant conceit of theirs made them huff at the doctrine of repentance.
  5. (intransitive) To treat with arrogance and insolence; to chide or rebuke rudely; to bully, to hector.
    • 1684 February 4, William Vaughan, “[Appendix.] XXXI. A Letter from William Vaughan, Esq. Containing a Journal of Transactions during His Imprisonment, &c. to Nathaniel Weare, Esq. Agent in London.”, in Jeremy Belknap, The History of New-Hampshire. [], volume I, Boston, Mass.: Re-printed for the author, published 1792, OCLC 833737470, page lix:
      [] I was ſent for by the marſhall, huffed and hectored ſtrangely, thretned, &c., in fine, muſte give bonds to the good behaviour; I refuſed, []
    • Echard
      You must not presume to huff us.
  6. (transitive) To inhale psychoactive inhalants. [from the 20th c.]
  7. (transitive, draughts) To remove an opponent's piece as a forfeit for deliberately not taking a piece (often signalled by blowing on it).







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


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huff n

  1. An instance of uttering huff.



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