Green’s Dictionary of Slang

huff n.

[SE huff, to puff, to blow up]

1. [mid-16C–mid-19C] a blusterer, a bully.

2. [late 16C+] a bad temper; usu. as in a huff.

3. [mid-19C] a dodge or trick.

4. see huffcap n.

In phrases

take (the) huff (v.)

[19C+] to lose one’s temper, to take offence.