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Definition of huff verb from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary



[transitive, intransitive] (+ speech)Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they huff
he / she / it huffs
past simple huffed
-ing form huffing
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  • to say something or make a noise in a way that shows you are offended or annoyed “Well, nobody asked you,” she huffed irritably.
  • Idioms
      huff and puff (informal)
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    1. 1to breathe in a noisy way because you are very tired Jack was huffing and puffing to keep up with her.
    2. 2to make it obvious that you are annoyed about something without doing anything to change the situation After much huffing and puffing, she finally agreed to help.
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