• WordNet 3.6
    • v huff blow hard and loudly "he huffed and puffed as he made his way up the mountain"
    • v huff inhale recreational drugs "The addict was snorting cocaine almost every day","the kids were huffing glue"
    • n huff a state of irritation or annoyance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • Huff A boaster; one swelled with a false opinion of his own value or importance. "Lewd, shallow-brained huffs make atheism and contempt of religion the sole badge . . . of wit."
    • Huff A swell of sudden anger or arrogance; a fit of disappointment and petulance or anger; a rage. "Left the place in a huff ."
    • Huff To bluster or swell with anger, pride, or arrogance; to storm; to take offense. "This senseless arrogant conceit of theirs made them huff at the doctrine of repentance."
    • Huff To enlarge; to swell up; as, bread huffs .
    • Huff (Draughts) To remove from the board (the piece which could have captured an opposing piece). See Huff v. i., 3.
    • Huff (Draughts) To remove from the board a man which could have captured a piece but has not done so; -- so called because it was the habit to blow upon the piece.
    • Huff To swell; to enlarge; to puff up; as, huffed up with air.
    • Huff To treat with insolence and arrogance; to chide or rebuke with insolence; to hector; to bully. "You must not presume to huff us."
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • huff To puff or blow.
    • huff To dilate; swell up: as, the bread huffs.
    • huff To swell with anger, pride, or arrogance; bluster; storm; rant.
    • huff To swell; puff; distend.
    • huff To treat with insolence or arrogance; rebuke rudely; hector.
    • huff In chess, to remove from the board, as a captured piece.
    • huff In checkers, to remove from the board, as a piece belonging to one player, as a penalty for not having taken an exposed piece belonging to the other. It is usual for the player, in removing the piece, to blow upon it. See huff, n., 3.
    • n huff A swell of sudden anger or arrogance; a fit of petulance or ill humor.
    • n huff One puffed up with an extravagant opinion of his own value or importance.
    • n huff In checkers, the removal of a player's piece from the board when, having the chance, he refuses or neglects to capture one or more of his opponent's pieces. The latter may, however, if he deems it to his advantage, demand the capture instead of removing the piece. The removal is usually marked by blowing on the piece.
    • n huff Light paste, or pie-crust.
    • n huff A dry, scurfy, or scaly incrustation on the skin.
    • n huff Strong beer.
    • huff Angry; huffish.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Huff huf sudden anger or arrogance: a fit of disappointment or anger: a boaster
    • v.t Huff to swell: to bully: to remove a 'man' from the board for not capturing pieces open to him, as in draughts
    • v.i Huff to swell: to bluster
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. OE. hoove, to puff up, blow; prob. of imitative origin


In literature:

I was to blame for going off in such a silly huff.
"Tom Gerrard 1904" by Louis Becke
Brer Rabbit ain't got no hawn en huff, en he bleedz ter be he own lawyer.
"Nights With Uncle Remus" by Joel Chandler Harris
Huffe Snuffe, Horse Stealer, Hob Sowter, Hugh Sot, Humphrey Swineshead, Hodge Sowgelder.
"Shakespeare's Lost Years in London, 1586-1592" by Arthur Acheson
Thar an't nary a nig thar to hold the critter's huff.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2 No 4, October, 1862" by Various
Instead, she was almost snappish to her idol, and the Princess soon went out again in something of a huff.
"Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1896 to 1901" by Lucy Maud Montgomery
Mrs. Andrews left, in a huff.
"The Cricket" by Marjorie Cooke
Soon the door opened again, and various voices hailed the new-comer as "Jane," "Jany," and "Jane Huff.
"The Wide, Wide World" by Susan Warner
She slammed the front door with a sigh and a huff.
" Collection" by Daniel Errico
Huff (Mother), notices of, 151.
"Notes and Queries, Index of Volume 5, January-June, 1852" by Various
He's gone off in a huff about something; never mind, luncheon comes up all the same.
"The Rector" by Mrs. (Margaret) Oliphant

In poetry:

Let us hope that, some day,
When he wakes in a huff,
The electors will say
He has had quite enough,
And prescribe him a Labor emetic,
And restrict him to plain Tory duff.
"The Over-Fed Fuse" by C J Dennis
Quoth RALPHO, Honour's but a word
To swear by only in a Lord:
In other men 'tis but a huff,
To vapour with instead of proof;
That, like a wen, looks big and swells,
Is senseless, and just nothing else.
"Hudibras: Part 2 - Canto II" by Samuel Butler

In news:

Born June 27, 1929 in Ripley County, he was the son of Henry and Catherine (Pollwine) Huff .
Mary E Huff , 92, of New London and formerly Ft. Madison, died Saturday, September 29, 2012 at the New London Nursing and Rehab Center.
Huff and huff and blow your life away.
Letter about Huff's CZMP decision begs for rebuttal.
The letter written by Kristen Burger, president of the Sparks Glencoe Community Planning Council in the North County News (Oct 11, "Councilman Huff's CZMP decisions only benefit 'chosen few'") begs for rebuttal.
Unfortunately, Huff's dishes are ambitious but ultimately too inconsistent to match up.
Huff has two decades of kitchen experience stretching from his native California to Southeast Asia to Australia.
Roanoke homeowners see plans for Huff Lane Intermediate School.
As fun as they are to watch, Geno Smith and his West Virginia receivers don't play Sam Huff football.
Sam Huff to Be Honored at WVU- James Madison Game.
NFL great Sam Huff will be honored during West Virginia's game with James Madison at FedEx Field in Landover, Md.
The Sept 15 game has been designated as "Sam Huff Day".
Services for Mr Huff are incomplete at this time.
In a news release, Huff says the vehicle was found abandoned in Payette Thursday night.
Payette County Sheriff Chad Huff has not released any more details at the time, but said that charges are pending.

In science:

In , the notion of nearly uniform convexity for Banach spaces was introduced by Huff.
On Some Geometric Properties Of Sequence Space Defined By de la Vallee-Poussin Mean
Also Huff proved that every nearly uniformly convex Banach space is reflexive and it has the uniformly Kadec-Klee property.
On Some Geometric Properties Of Sequence Space Defined By de la Vallee-Poussin Mean
Huff, Banach spaces which are nearly uniformly convex, Rocky Mountain J.
On Some Geometric Properties Of Sequence Space Defined By de la Vallee-Poussin Mean
Motivated by numerical simulations (Sheth & Diaferio 2001; Huff et al. 2007) and the halo model (White 2001; Seljak 2001), we can assume that the centre of mass of a halo, around which galaxies orbit, still moves according to (quasi-)linear motion.
Testing cosmological structure formation using redshift-space distortions
We can see from table 6 above, the test file huff, lzwj, lzssj, ari and zip only pass 1 to 3 tests of the 18 Diehard tests, i.e., the output of Huffman coding (Winzip is a combination of LZ77 and Huffman coding), Arithmetic Coding, LZSS and LZW is non-random.
Randomness Testing of Compressed Data