miff

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • v miff cause to be annoyed "His behavior really miffed me"
    • n miff a state of irritation or annoyance
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Miff mĭf A petty falling out; a tiff; a quarrel; offense.
    • v. t Miff To offend slightly.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n miff A fit of Petulant displeasure; a feeling of slight anger or resentment.
    • miff Vexed; offended; angry.
    • miff To give a slight offense to; displease: nearly always in the past participle: as, she was somewhat miffed.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Miff mif (coll.) a slight feeling of resentment.
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Etymology

Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
Cf. Prov. G. muff, sullenness, sulkiness, muffen, to be silky, muffïg, sullen, pouting
Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Akin to Ger. muffen, to sulk.

Usage

In literature:

There is no such fact as Mr Miff, nor has there been, these twenty years, and Mrs Miff would rather not allude to him.
"Dombey and Son" by Charles Dickens
She's taken a miff at something, I suppose, and means to cut my acquaintance.
"Off-Hand Sketches" by T. S. Arthur
He said they were perfect miffs to be nosed around like that.
"Sunny Slopes" by Ethel Hueston
All the tufts were down flat, and he stood motionless while Mrs Miff retreated.
"My Doggie and I" by R.M. Ballantyne
I was sorry to lose them, though while we lived together we had had our little miffs and jealousies.
"The Doll and Her Friends" by Unknown
He may take a miff at any of us any time.
"Breaking Away" by Oliver Optic
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In poetry:

There came an Old Woman from France,
Who taught grown up Children to dance,
But they were so stiff,
She sent them home in a miff,
This sprightly Old Woman from France.
"Limericks: The History of Sixteen Wonderful Old Women" by Anonymous British

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