Crossword clues for huff
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Huff \Huff\, v. i.
To enlarge; to swell up; as, bread huffs.
To bluster or swell with anger, pride, or arrogance; to storm; to take offense.
This senseless arrogant conceit of theirs made them huff at the doctrine of repentance.
(Draughts) To remove from the board a man which could have captured a piece but has not done so; -- so called because it was the habit to blow upon the piece.
Huff \Huff\, n.
A swell of sudden anger or arrogance; a fit of disappointment and petulance or anger; a rage. ``Left the place in a huff.''
A boaster; one swelled with a false opinion of his own value or importance.
Lewd, shallow-brained huffs make atheism and contempt of religion the sole badge . . . of wit.
To take huff, to take offence.
Huff \Huff\, v. t. [imp. & p. p. Huffed; p. pr. & vb. n. Huffing.] [Cf. OE. hoove to puff up, blow; prob. of imitative origin.]
To swell; to enlarge; to puff up; as, huffed up with air.
To treat with insolence and arrogance; to chide or rebuke with insolence; to hector; to bully.
You must not presume to huff us.
(Draughts) To remove from the board (the piece which could have captured an opposing piece). See Huff, v. i., 3.
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
mid-15c., apparently imitative of exhaling. Extended sense of "bluster with indignation" is attested from 1590s. Related: Huffed; huffing. As a slang term for a type of narcotics abuse, by 1996. As a noun from 1590s; to leave in a huff is recorded from 1778. Popular terms for "strong beer or ale" noted from 1577 include huff cap as well as mad dog and dragon's milk.
n. 1 A heavy breath; a grunt or sigh. 2 An expression of anger, annoyance, disgust, etc. 3 (context obsolete English) A boaster; one swelled with a false sense of value or importance. vb. 1 To breathe heavily. 2 To inhale psychoactive inhalants. 3 To say in a huffy manner. 4 (context draughts English) To remove an opponent's piece as a forfeit for deliberately not taking a piece (often signalled by blowing on it). 5 To enlarge; to swell up. 6 To bluster or swell with anger, pride, or arrogance; to storm; to take offense. 7 To treat with insolence and arrogance; to chide or rebuke rudely; to hector; to bully.
Huffing is a rule used in some board games, such as Alquerque, Asalto and traditional and informal English draughts (checkers). By this rule, a player who fails to make a capturing move when one is available is penalised by having the piece that could have performed the capture huffed, i.e. removed from the board.
The rule is not used in competitive draughts, where failing to capture is simply an illegal move.
Huff is an American television comedy series produced by Sony Pictures Television for Showtime. The series was broadcast for two seasons, during 2004–2006.
Huff or huffing may refer to:
Huff is a surname. Notable people with the surname include:
- Aubrey Huff (born 1976), baseball player
- Bob Huff (born 1953), American politician
- Brent Huff (born 1961), American actor, writer and film director
- Dann Huff (born 1960), singer, guitarist, songwriter and producer, and foundation member of 80s hard rock band Giant
- Chris Huff (born 1995), Carpenter, chef, raconteur, entrepreneur
- Darrell Huff (1913–2001), economist and author of How to Lie with Statistics
- David Huff (musician), drummer (born 1961), songwriter and record producer, and foundation member of Giant along with brother Dann
- David Huff (baseball) (born 1984), baseball player
- Gail Huff, reporter for Boston's WCBV-TV, and wife of U.S. Senator Scott Brown
- Gene Huff, American politician
- George Huff (coach) (1872–1936), American athlete and coach; manager of the Boston Red Sox
- George Huff (singer) (born 1980), American singer
- Janice Huff (born 1960), meteorologist and TV anchor person
- Leon Huff (born 1942), afro-American songwriter and record producer with Kenneth Gamble as Gamble and Huff
- Michael Huff (born 1983), American footballer
- Orlando Huff (born 1978), American footballer
- Paul B. Huff (1918–1994), Medal of Honor recipient
- Sam Huff aka Robert Lee Huff (born 1934), American footballer, coach and commentator
- Tanya Huff (born 1957), Canadian fantasy author
- Thomas Huff, co-founder of Huff-Daland Aero Corp
- Tom Huff (American politician), American state legislator
- Warren D. Huff, professor of geology at the University of Cincinnati
Usage examples of "huff".
Sidney Huff and a lieutenant colonel carrying a briefcase and wearing the aiguillette of an aide-de-camp came in and stood by the door.
Fallon stopped, huffing and puffing, watching through the wide door as cops combed through the stuff in the cluttered workshop.
The Doolin sounds are the ancient swirling and twirling, the huffing and puffing sounds that have a feirie resonance of their own.
Like Rachel, Tom smokes not in the hammily clandestine manner of adolescents, that huffing and crouching and voice-squeezing which Dylan privately despises, but grandly, legs crossed, waving a joint and talking uninterruptedly through inhalations, unmindful of conserving the smoke.
Most Navy aircraft do not need a huffer to start engines, but it can be used in emergencies or for maintenance.
The air inside the cockpit was starting to warm up from our combined body heat, and a huffer was standing by in case we needed its auxiliary compressed air to get a clean start on the engine.
As the plane captain twirled his fingers and the huffer bellowed, Jake cranked the left engine.
When it was at idle, 60 percent RPM, the plane captain disconnected the huffer, which supplied high-pressure air to the plane, and advanced the left engine to 75 percent.
The second man involved with the kidnapping, the one Elaine had killed, had been identified as Darryl Huffer, a long-time associate of Lex Adams.
Most navy aircraft do not need a huffer to start engines, but it can be used in emergencies or for maintenance.
She would come into the kitchen huffing and puffing and throwing her weight about.
The dirty water was thrown out as the rotund cook came huffing and heaving with a fresh pail to fill the basin.
The large headmaster rubbed a kerchief across his blotchy face, huffing and puffing almost continually as his bloated body tried to pull in enough air.
She was blundering through the brush, huffing indignantly at branches that snagged her clothes.
Tom worked hard at it, huffing and grunting as he struggled to sort himself out, then, strangely, he found the traverse a bit easier.