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

  • adj. Easily offended; touchy.
  • adj. Irritated or annoyed; indignant.
  • adj. Arrogant; haughty.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. angry, annoyed, indignant or irritated
  • adj. easily offended; thin-skinned or touchy
  • adj. puffed up

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Puffed up.
  • adj. Characterized by arrogance or petulance; easily offended.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Puffed up; swelled: as, huffy bread.
  • Characterized by arrogance or bluster; swaggering: as, a huffy person.
  • Characterized by petulance or ill temper: as, a huffy mood.

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

  • adj. quick to take offense
  • adj. roused to anger


Sorry, no etymologies found.


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