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. [from the 20th c.]
  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. [from the 16th c.]
    • 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