Meaning of miff in English:


Pronunciation /mɪf/


[with object] informal
  • Annoy.

    • ‘I'll confess it miffed me slightly at the time’
    • ‘a doctor might be miffed by claims that the cure had no medical explanation’
    • ‘I am slightly miffed that the NTUC Fairprice in my area is taking so long to be done with its renovations.’
    • ‘I had found the whole incident rather amusing, but he was slightly miffed by it.’
    • ‘I am somewhat miffed that if I am ever to achieve this ambition, I will have to put up with rather too much of this idiot's writings.’
    • ‘But this isn't about me being miffed at not getting into Bedford Square.’
    • ‘He was a bit miffed the he couldn't display his beautiful features while walking along the Camlough Road.’
    • ‘Defending their sale tactic yesterday, one staff member said customers had not been miffed by the sign.’
    • ‘I was miffed about that and would not have done it if I had known.’
    • ‘Industry, while prepared to welcome any reduction, however small, in its current plight, was miffed.’
    • ‘Needless to say, I'm a tad miffed all round when it comes to gaming magazines.’
    • ‘I said that I was with my friends and couldn't just leave and he was miffed again.’
    • ‘While leaving his house he was so miffed by a car that was illegally parked across his driveway that he lashed out and gave it a quick boot.’
    • ‘No matter what ruling they ultimately emerge with, there are bound to be some very miffed clubs across the nation.’
    • ‘Readers were miffed by the cavalier attitude taken to such an important cultural icon.’
    • ‘He had been de-selected for the council elections and must have been miffed.’
    • ‘He was sorely miffed at being forced to give guarantees, which his father was never expected to give for him.’
    • ‘I was so miffed at missing out on my eggy muffin treat, I determined to make some at home on Sunday.’
    • ‘If I were them I'd be miffed by her insistence that when she dies they will not inherit a penny.’
    • ‘Having decided to gift it to the nation, she seems somewhat miffed that nobody now seems to want it.’
    • ‘The questioner assumes one is miffed by the question and does not include the option of relief.’
    • ‘Even though I knew she wouldn't win, I'm still miffed she got booted from the competition.’
    annoyed, displeased, offended, aggrieved, piqued, riled, nettled, vexed, irked, irritated, upset, hurt, pained, put out, in a huff, fed up, chagrined, disgruntled, discontented, resentful


  • A petty quarrel or fit of pique.

    • ‘like ladies in a miff who won't explain’
    argument, row, fight, disagreement, difference of opinion, dissension, falling-out


Early 17th century perhaps imitative; compare with early modern German muff, an exclamation of disgust.