Definition of huffy in US English:



  • Annoyed or irritated and quick to take offense at petty things.

    ‘ask writers for more than a second draft and they get huffy’
    • ‘His huffy departure surprised everyone at the airport.’
    • ‘There's a guilty pleasure in witnessing his obvious discomfort and huffy asides to the camera - ‘four hours’ he mutters darkly while getting fitted for a swish suit.’
    • ‘I'm huffy about that; I wish I had his royalties.’
    • ‘Normally I would have gotten all huffy, but here I was, a 38 year old woman with 2 kids, worried because the condom fell off during my fertile time.’
    • ‘She gets very huffy at this point, complaining that if they ever need to change the menu they'll need to contact me, and that she doesn't see why this should be the case.’
    • ‘The huffy silence at the end of the debate must be subtly taken advantage of and the following words murmured as if the thought just occurred that moment.’
    • ‘OK, my apologies it was a bit of a sneaky question, but please don't get all huffy and turn the page’
    • ‘So the entire brewing industry is under pressure and lobbying parliament, and generally being huffy.’
    • ‘And when there is the smallest error in their royalty statements they get all huffy on you.’
    • ‘As someone who's often a tech-support resource for others, I try to be patient, because the people I know are smart, and it's better to try to explain what the problem is than to get all huffy.’
    • ‘We have only the best,’ the huffy brunette answered curtly.’
    • ‘And then you'd be thanking me instead of acting all huffy like you are now.’
    • ‘As a result, they can find emotional situations more confusing, leading to the petulant, huffy behaviour adolescents are notorious for.’
    • ‘Tanja Dückers writes a huffy retort to Eva Menasse's recent claim that German writers' refusal to take a public stance in the federal election campaign reflects opportunism.’
    • ‘Lagerfeld was especially huffy, saying: ‘I think they should have taken a big name.’’
    • ‘Don't go huffy when you're put on hold for the sixth time.’
    • ‘Another huffy tantrum ensued, which some quick, timely clay-shaping and fast talking intercepted.’
    • ‘Woods got huffy in Chicago when it was suggested that he was in a slump.’
    • ‘The hacks are getting very huffy about still being banned from the bar.’
    • ‘In person Burnside is a big, huffy, bear of a man and not what you expect a poet to look like.’
    irritable, irritated, annoyed, cross, grumpy, huffish, bad-tempered, crotchety, crabby, crabbed, cantankerous, curmudgeonly, moody, petulant, miserable, morose, sullen, surly, churlish
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