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HUFF, v., n., int. Sc. usages:

I. v. 1. To swell, puff up (Sh., Ags. 1957). Obs. exc. dial. in Eng. Wgt. 1880  G. Fraser Lowland Lore 159:
As huff'd as a peat.
Sh. 1897  Shetland News (28 Aug.):
Shü's gotten a sair brüse i' da open o' her head, an' hit's blue an' huff'd up.
Sh. 1900  Ib. (24 March):
Da bakers hae some shilpit thing 'at dey pit i' da flooer ta mak' hit huff up, an' be white.

2. To disappoint, to lead astray, humbug (Fif. 1825 Jam.).

II. n. 1. A humbug, disappointment (Fif. 1825 Jam.).

2. Haste, hurry. Sh. 1897  Shetland News (16 Oct.):
What's da raison 'at da folk is in sic a huff to get da tatties oot o' da grund?

III. int. Of a sudden flying movement: puff! Ayr. a.1878  H. Ainslie Pilgrimage (1892) 325:
Whan, huff! aff she's flying, Flaff, like a flee.

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"Huff v., n., interj.". Dictionary of the Scots Language. 2004. Scottish Language Dictionaries Ltd. Accessed 20 Jun 2019 <>



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