in a huff

in a huff


  • to be upset or angry
  • behaving in a bad-tempered way because someone is upset
  • a fit of anger
  • slang for someone who is sulking about something

Example Sentences

  1. June was very upset because her mother would not buy her a new pair of shoes, so she stormed out of the room in a huff.
  2. Alice is in a huff because her best friend promised to go out with her, but at the last minute she had to cancel.
  3. My inability to make up my mind about where I want to go for supper has put my husband in a huff, I think that I will have to make a decision quickly, otherwise I will go hungry.
  4. I am still in a huff because you forgot my birthday, I can’t believe you didn’t remember.
  5. I am sorry that I am in a huff today, the coffee shop was out of my favourite tea this morning.


The word huff is believed to have originated in the late 1500’s. It imitates the sound of blowing (sounds like puff) and is believed to be related to the word. Huff can mean to expel (release) air quickly, much like someone does when they are angry.

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