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from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. grumpy, ill-tempered


From its sound; Carroll explained the word as "a state of mind when the voice is gruffish, the manner roughish, and the temper huffish." (Wiktionary)



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  • Yup. I stand in uffish thought a lot. Sometimes even in a tulgey wood.

    December 1, 2007

  • from a line in Lewis Carroll's Jabberwocky "And, as in uffish thought he stood"

    December 1, 2007

  • Until I figure out this words meaning, it is going under Words that ain't

    December 12, 2006