AskDefine | Define miff

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miff n : a state of irritation or annoyance [syn: huff, seeing red] v : cause to be annoyed; "His behavior really miffed me"

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(Canada) /mɪf/


  1. an argument, quarrel
    • 1749, Henry Fielding, The History of Tom Jones, a Foundling
      nay, she would throw it in the teeth of Allworthy himself, when a little quarrel, or miff, as it is vulgarly called, arose between them.
    • 1872, Thomas Hardy, Under the Greenwood Tree
      John Wildway and I had a miff and parted;...
  2. a state of being offended
    • 1851, T. S. Arthur, Off-Hand Sketches
      She's taken a miff at something, I suppose, and means to cut my acquaintance.


an argument, quarrel
a state of being offended


  1. In the context of "transitive|usually used in the passive": to offend slightly
    • 1824, Sir Walter Scott, Redgauntlet
      ... answered my Thetis, a little miffed perhaps -- to use the women's phrase -- that I turned the conversation upon my former partner, rather than addressed it to herself.
    • 1911, James Oliver Curwood, Philip Steele of the Royal Northwest Mounted Police
      "Don't get miffed about it, man," returned Nome with an irritating laugh.
  2. to become slightly offended
    • 1905, George Barr McCutcheon, Jane Cable
      She miffed and started to reply, but thought better of it.


to offend slightly
to become slightly offended

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

aggravate, altercation, annoy, arouse, badger, bait, be at, bedevil, beef, beset, bother, bristle, brown off, bug, bullyrag, burn up, chafe, chivy, conniption, devil, discompose, dispute, distemper, disturb, dog, dudgeon, embitter, exasperate, exercise, falling-out, fash, ferment, fit, fret, fume, get, gripe, harass, harry, heckle, hector, high dudgeon, hound, huff, incense, inflame, irk, irritate, molest, nag, needle, nettle, nudzh, peeve, persecute, pester, pet, pick on, pique, plague, pluck the beard, pother, provoke, rankle, resentment, rhubarb, ride, rile, roil, ruffle, run-in, set up, snuff, spat, squabble, stew, stir the blood, stir up, tease, tiff, torment, try the patience, tweak the nose, umbrage, vex, work up, worry
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