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chuff1

[chuhf] /tʃʌf/
noun
1.
a rustic.
2.
a boor; churl.
3.
a miserly fellow.
Origin of chuff1
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English chuffe, of obscure origin

chuff2

[chuhf, choo f] /tʃʌf, tʃʊf/
adjective, British Dialect.
1.
chubby; fat.
2.
swollen with pride; proud; elated.
Origin
1600-10; compare earlier chuff puffed cheek, perhaps representing Middle English cholle jowl2 conflated with uncertain elements

chuff3

[chuhf] /tʃʌf/
noun
1.
a sound of or like the exhaust of a steam engine.
verb (used without object)
2.
to emit or proceed with chuffs:
The train chuffed along.
Origin
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.

    A Sister of the Red Cross Mrs. L. T. Meade
  • I cannot see why she should be rude and chuff and disagreeable.

    A Very Naughty Girl L. T. Meade
  • What a large proportion of the younger generation in Chelsea neglected to perform the old Chelsea chuff!

    The Napoleon of Notting Hill Gilbert K. Chesterton
  • I pointed out to Spider, who was soon rampaging about him behind chuff's back, that he had nought to fear.

    The Torch and Other Tales

    Eden Phillpotts
  • He's sworn on his oath that chuff spends half his time along with you and the banns be called.

    The Torch and Other Tales

    Eden Phillpotts
  • He followed Clo into the room next door, and marvelled at the way in which she drew information from "chuff."

    The Lion's Mouse

    C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
  • If she did the job at the Westmorland, it was to set him and her up in housekeeping, later on, well away from chuff and Co.

    The Lion's Mouse

    C. N. Williamson and A. M. Williamson
British Dictionary definitions for chuff

chuff1

/tʃʌf/
noun
1.
a puffing sound of or as if of a steam engine
verb
2.
(intransitive) to move while emitting such sounds: the train chuffed on its way
Word Origin
C20: of imitative origin

chuff2

/tʃʌf/
noun
1.
(dialect) a boor; churl; sullen fellow
Word Origin
C17: from obsolete chuff (n) fat cheek, of obscure origin

chuff3

/tʃʌf/
verb
1.
(transitive; usually passive) (Brit, slang) to please or delight: he 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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