huff

/hʌf / (say huf)

noun
1. a sudden swell of anger; a fit of resentment: *a sort of mental huff had overtaken the arbitration judges –blanche d'alpuget, 1982.
verb (t)
2. to give offence to; make angry.
3. to treat with arrogance or contempt; bluster at; hector or bully.
4. Draughts to remove (a piece) from the board as a penalty for failing to make a compulsory capture.
5. US to inhale the toxic fumes of (household or industrial chemicals) to become intoxicated; sniff.
verb (i)
6. to puff or blow.
7. US to inhale the toxic fumes of household or industrial chemicals in order to become intoxicated; sniff.
8. Obsolete to take offence.
9. Obsolete to swell with pride or arrogance; swagger or bluster.
phrase
10. huff and puff, to make a display of indignation.
11. in a huff, in a state of being offended or annoyed; chagrined.
{imitative}

Australian English dictionary. 2014.

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