Noun Huff Definition and Examples







Blow out air loudly on account of exertion.
  1. 'I was huffing and puffing to keep up with him'
  2. 'He huffed causing the hair in front of his eyes to fly up and land crazily in his eyes.'
  3. 'After the pond flashed by, Carlile stared out the window until the train jolted and huffed into the station.'
  4. 'He was wearing his work uniform, his hair flying in his face as he skidded to a stop before them, huffing and puffing from the exertion.'
  5. 'All very well to feel nourished in the billowy comfort of my nightie; huffing myself into work clothes this morning took almost an hour longer than expected!'
  6. 'Any athlete, and perhaps especially any runner, can tell you some of the most sublime, lucid moments of introspection come to you while huffing and puffing and pacing in the heat of sport.'
  7. 'I was huffing and puffing, trying to get my breath back.'
  8. 'They're off, huffing and puffing through this grueling physical education training under a blazing sun that's far away from home.'
  9. 'I wrapped myself around him, we kept up our quick pace for awhile until I felt his grip loosen and he panted and huffed and puffed, taking a mouthful of air and collapsing on my body.'
  10. 'The readers who were huffing and puffing in Downer's defence, or accusing you of gutter journalism, most likely have their snouts in various troughs themselves.'
  11. 'While I still had the same muscle tone, I decided - yes, once again - to get back on the wagon and start huffing and puffing the excess weight off.'
Express one's feeling of petty annoyance.
  1. '‘Fine,’ He huffed brushing his shaggy black hair out of his eyes.'
  2. 'Tensing, his annoyance growing, Ikeda huffed at her statement in disagreement, beginning to feel incensed at the offense to his partner.'
  3. 'Ministers huffed last week that they had no intention of developing Orwellian surveillance.'
  4. 'The artist nearly huffed his way out of the offices of the fledgling humor magazine.'
  5. '‘I don't think your friend likes me,’ Dale huffed appearing a few seconds later.'
  6. 'A light smile appeared on his lips as her face reddened and she huffed in annoyance.'
  7. 'Pursing her lips in annoyance again, she huffed.'
  8. 'I felt him staring at me as he huffed his displeasure.'
  9. 'And Megan roared with laughter while Krissy huffed out of annoyance.'
  10. 'Her escape unsuccessful Mary huffed with annoyance.'
Sniff fumes from (petrol or solvents) for a euphoric effect.
  1. 'For instance, their first disc featured a cover shot of a figure wearing a device used to huff shoe polish.'
  2. 'In this case the dad chose to huff gasoline in the basement.'
  3. 'There's never enough food, so the kids decided to huff paint instead, as it makes the hunger go away.'
  4. 'Are you huffing your WW2 Tiger Tank model glue again?'
  5. 'As soon as dad comes home from his three hour workday, mom will be in the basement huffing model airplane glue.'
(in draughts) remove (an opponent's piece that could have made a capture) from the board as a forfeit.
  1. 'if a player noticed that the opponent had failed to capture when the option was open, the player can huff the offending piece before the next move is made and it is removed from the board.'


A fit of petty annoyance.
  1. 'The foreign owner of a factory, farm, forest or beach-house can go off in a huff, but the physical entity remains.'
  2. 'It was all over in seconds, and it turned out this bloke had argued with his girlfriend, and had gone driving off in a huff, stopping in our little lane to consider what he was going to do next.'
  3. 'Farrell sticks around, while Renner storms off in a huff.'
  4. 'He told me to find out how many Scottish hacks would be flying to Austria to cover his oration and went off in a huff when I reported back that no one had expressed the slightest interest in the event.'
  5. 'After a few more months of things escalating, Chris couldn't take it anymore, and she moved out one day in a huff.'
  6. 'They went off in a huff, waving their arms, calling me names.'
  7. 'You don't storm off in a huff because you think you are more important than those who came to listen to you.'
  8. 'Chrysler had no option but to march off in a huff.'
  9. 'Rather than storm off in a huff, Hal arranged this co-headlining tour, providing a chance to see two bands that won't be playing in small venues for long.'
  10. 'Indeed, I wouldn't be altogether surprised if they did hire a few folks to storm off in a huff, and the rest followed of their own accord.'
((n.) A swell of sudden anger or arrogance; a fit of disappointment and petulance or anger; a rage.|--|(n.) A boaster; one swelled with a false opinion of his own value or importance.|--|)

Late 16th century: imitative of the sound of blowing.

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