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huff

 (hŭf)
n.
A fit of anger or annoyance; a pique: stormed off in a huff.
v. huffed, huff·ing, huffs
v.intr.
1. To puff; blow.
2. To make noisy, empty threats; bluster.
3. To react indignantly; take offense.
4. Slang To inhale the fumes of a volatile chemical or substance as a means of becoming intoxicated.
v.tr.
1. To cause to puff up; inflate.
2. To treat with insolence; bully.
3. To anger; annoy.
4. Slang To inhale the fumes of (a volatile chemical, for example) as a means of becoming intoxicated.

[Imitative of the sound of puffing.]

huff′er n.

huffing

(ˈhʌfɪŋ)
n
(Recreational Drugs) slang the practice of inhaling toxic fumes from glue and other household products for their intoxicating effects
ˈhuffer n
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.huffing - an act of forcible exhalationhuffing - an act of forcible exhalation  
breathing out, exhalation, expiration - the act of expelling air from the lungs
References in classic literature ?
Here, the huffing of Miss Bella and the loss of three of her men at a swoop, aggravated by the coronation of an opponent, led to that young lady's jerking the draught-board and pieces off the table: which her sister went down on her knees to pick up.
After much huffing and puffing about the bus service and a public meeting (where at least one of the three operators were sufficiently impressed by our Lib-Dem councillors that they bothered to turn up) nothing has or will happen.
But, too often, "Huff" plays as though it's been written by someone huffing paint thinner, as the lives of Huff and those around him play out as some Grand Guignol parody of a social satire.