Huff. n.s. [from hove, or hoven, swelled: he is huffed up by distempers. So in some provinces we still say the bread huffs up, when it begins to heave or ferment: huff, therefore, may be ferment. To be in a huff is then to be in a ferment, as we now speak.]
- Swell of sudden anger or arrogance.
Quoth Ralpho, honour's but a word
To swear by only in a lord;
In others it is but a huff,
To vapour with instead of proof. Hudibras, p. ii.
His frowns kept multitudes in awe,
Before the bluster of whose huff
All hats, as in a storm, flew off. Hudibras.
We have the apprehensions of a change to keep a check upon us in the very huff of our greatness. L'Estrange.
A Spaniard was wonderfully upon the huff about his extraction. L'Estrange.
No man goes about to ensnare or circumvent another in a passion, to lay train, and give secret blows in a present huff. South's Sermons.
- A wretch swelled with a false opinion of his own value.
Lewd shallow-brained huffs make atheism and contempt of religion the sole badge and character of wit. South.
As for you, colonel huff-cap, we shall try before a civil magistrate who's the greater plotter. Dryden's Spanish Fryar.