Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Peevish; sulky.
  • adj. Arrogant; insolent.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Disposed to be blustering or arrogant; petulant.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Disposed to be blustering or arrogant; petulant.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Swaggering; hectoring.
  • Petulant; ill-humored.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. sullen or moody

Etymologies

huff +‎ -ish (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • Mrs Pipchin; who, without carrying it in to Mr Dombey, had taken upon herself to return what Miss Nipper called a huffish answer, on her own responsibility.

    Dombey and Son

  • Susan was unusually emphatic and destitute of punctuation in her discourse on this night, which was the night of Mr Dombey's being brought home, because, having been sent downstairs by Florence to inquire after him, she had been obliged to deliver her message to her mortal enemy Mrs Pipchin; who, without carrying it in to Mr Dombey, had taken upon herself to return what Miss Nipper called a huffish answer, on her own responsibility.

    Dombey and Son

  • Umbo stayed inside the shrine for a while, then came out, acting a little huffish as he gathered up his few things.

    Pathfinder

  • As I stood in huffish thought, Deborah came roaring over to me at full volume.

    Dexter in the Dark

  • If any one huffs Rover, (I ain't a very huffish man,) but I can tell you I shew them I don't like it, I let the creature lay at my feet at night, and I feed him myself and fondle him for the sake of him who loved him so.

    Emilie the Peacemaker

  • "I shall be glad if I can be of any help to you," I answered, still a bit huffish, but bearing no malice.

    Widdershins

  • Sir Ronald had promised to be content without love; but he was not, and was huffish and offended, and savagely jealous of Reginald Stanford and all the hated past.

    Kate Danton, or, Captain Danton's Daughters A Novel

  • Just look at that, now; you too are getting obstinate and huffish.

    The Comedies of Terence Literally Translated into English Prose, with Notes

  • So, under the protection of Providence, and the mercy of footpads, I trust we shall meet again to-morrow; at all events, there is nothing huffish in this; for, whether sad or merry, I am always,

    Memoirs of the Life of the Rt. Hon. Richard Brinsley Sheridan — Volume 02

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