Etymology
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miff (n.)

1620s, "feeling of petulant displeasure, fit of ill humor," colloquial, perhaps imitative of an exclamation of disgust (compare German muffen "to sulk").

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miff (v.)

1797, "take offense at;" 1811, "give a slight offense to, put out of humor;" from miff (n.). Related: miffed; miffing.

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miffy (adj.)

"liable to 'take a miff,' " 1700, from miff (n.) + -y (2). Related: Miffiness.

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miffed (adj.)

"displeased, slightly offended," by 1824, past-participle adjective from miff (v.). Sir Walter Scott calls it "a women's phrase."

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sulky (adj.)
"quietly sullen," 1744, of uncertain origin. Connection has been suggested to obsolete, rare sulke "hard to sell" (1630s) and to Old English asolcen "idle, lazy, slow," past-participle adjective from aseolcan "become sluggish, be weak or idle" (related to besylcan "be languid"), from Proto-Germanic *seklan (source also of Middle High German selken "to drop, fall"). But words of similar meaning often are held to be imitative (compare miff, mope, boudoir). Related: Sulkily; sulkiness.
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