from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • adjective Easily offended; touchy.
  • adjective Irritated or annoyed; indignant.
  • adjective Arrogant; haughty.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Puffed up; swelled: as, huffy bread.
  • Characterized by arrogance or bluster; swaggering: as, a huffy person.
  • Characterized by petulance or ill temper: as, a huffy mood.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • adjective Puffed up.
  • adjective Characterized by arrogance or petulance; easily offended.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • adjective angry, annoyed, indignant or irritated
  • adjective easily offended; thin-skinned or touchy
  • adjective puffed up

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adjective quick to take offense
  • adjective roused to anger


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