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The Collaborative International Dictionary

Miff \Miff\ (m[i^]f), n. [Cf. Prov. G. muff sullenness, sulkiness, muffen to be silky, muff["i]g sullen, pouting.] A petty falling out; a tiff; a quarrel; offense.


Miff \Miff\, v. t. To offend slightly. [Colloq.]

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

1620s, "fit of ill humor," perhaps imitative of an exclamation of disgust (compare German muffen "to sulk").


1797, "to take offense at;" 1811, "to put out of humor," from miff (n.). Related: miffed; miffing.


n. 1 A small argument, quarrel. 2 A state of being offended. vb. 1 (context transitive usually used in the passive English) to offend slightly 2 (context intransitive English) to become slightly offended

  1. n. a state of irritation or annoyance [syn: huff, seeing red]

  2. v. cause to be annoyed; "His behavior really miffed me"


MIFF may refer to:

  • MIFF mine, a German anti-tank mine
  • Miff Mole (1898–1961), American jazz trombonist and band leader
  • Magick Image File Format
  • Maine International Film Festival in Waterville, Maine
  • Melbourne International Film Festival
  • Miami International Film Festival
  • Milan International Film Festival
  • Moscow International Film Festival
  • Mumbai International Film Festival
  • Muscat International Film Festival
  • With Israel for Peace

Usage examples of "miff".

Vince grab the passing seabird by its feet and brandish it at his attacker he would never know, but the struggling penguin was understandably miffed at finding itself faced with what appeared to be a giant rival penguin, and started viciously slashing at Stevens with the sides of its razor-sharp beak.

So now he insists on being so called, and Banat is miffed, because it sounds more prestigious than his own title of crew chief.

She was miffed at discovering that the assembly language programmer from General Magic she'd been chatting up all night was married.

Afraid I gotta be off, Cholly—if I know the boss, he'll've got over his miff, and be open for business again.

Rhyssa sat bolt upright again, startled and somewhat miffed that she had been left in the dark--and by Dorotea!

A few skeletal, filthy humans miffed about within the highfenced enclosures, crowding toward a long wooden table set up on muddy ground.

I was feeling a little miffed about being stiffed with the check again for the second time that day, even though TJ had only ordered a soda and I hadn't ordered anything, when he walked back in carrying a slim file.