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chuff1

[chuhf]
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noun
  1. a rustic.
  2. a boor; churl.
  3. a miserly fellow.

Origin of chuff1

1400–50; late Middle English chuffe, of obscure origin

chuff2

[chuhf, choo f]
adjective British Dialect.
  1. chubby; fat.
  2. swollen with pride; proud; elated.

Origin of chuff2

1600–10; compare earlier chuff puffed cheek, perhaps representing Middle English cholle jowl2 conflated with uncertain elements

chuff3

[chuhf]
noun
  1. a sound of or like the exhaust of a steam engine.
verb (used without object)
  1. to emit or proceed with chuffs: The train chuffed along.

Origin of chuff3

First recorded in 1910–15; imitative
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Examples from the Web for chuff

Historical Examples

  • That's what Chuff wanted us to think—that they concerned us.

    The Lion's Mouse

    C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

  • When Pete was killed, Chuff had to find someone else to do the job.

    The Lion's Mouse

    C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

  • But of course, "Chuff" might have 'phoned from a house round the corner.

    The Lion's Mouse

    C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson

  • You need not have been so chuff in your manner just now, Keith.

  • I cannot see why she should be rude and chuff and disagreeable.


British Dictionary definitions for chuff

chuff1

noun
  1. a puffing sound of or as if of a steam engine
verb
  1. (intr) to move while emitting such soundsthe train chuffed on its way

Word Origin

C20: of imitative origin

chuff2

noun
  1. dialect a boor; churl; sullen fellow

Word Origin

C17: from obsolete chuff (n) fat cheek, of obscure origin

chuff3

verb
  1. (tr; usually passive) British slang to please or delighthe was chuffed by his pay rise

Word Origin

probably from chuff (adj) pleased, happy (earlier: chubby), from C16 chuff (obsolete n) a fat cheek, of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for chuff

"pleased, happy," c.1860, British dialect, from obsolete chuff "swollen with fat" (1520s). A second British dialectal chuff has an opposite meaning, "displeased, gruff" (1832), from chuff "rude fellow," or, as Johnson has it, "a coarse, fat-headed, blunt clown" (mid-15c.), of unknown origin. Related: Chuffed.

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