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Date: 1500-1600
Origin: From the sound

huff

1 verb
     
huff1 informal
1

huff and puff

a) to breathe out in a noisy way, especially when you do something that involves a lot of physical effort:
He was huffing and puffing by the time he got to the top.
b) to show clearly that you strongly disagree with or are annoyed about something:
After a lot of huffing and puffing, he eventually gave in to our request.
2 [transitive] to say something in a way that shows you are annoyed, often because someone has offended you:
'I haven't got time for that now,' huffed Sam irritably.

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