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  1. a small, portable stove.
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Origin of chauffer

1815–25; variant of obsolete chafer, Middle English chafer (see chafe, -er1), probably influenced by + French chauffoir heater
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Historical Examples

  • My chauffer cranked up the car and I took my place at the wheel.

    The Extraordinary Adventures of Arsene Lupin, Gentleman-Burglar

    Maurice Leblanc

  • Chauffer, chaw′fėr, n. a metal box for holding fire, a portable furnace or stove.

  • The combustion tube with its charge is next placed in a furnace or chauffer of thin sheet iron (see middle figure above).

  • The officer sat up beside the chauffer, Clayton slinging it into him every foot of the way to the station.

  • Clayton and Alfred were liberated, loaded into an auto, the chauffer ordered to drive slowly to the Work House.

British Dictionary definitions for chauffer



  1. a small portable heater or stove
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Word Origin

C19: from French chauffoir, from chauffer to heat
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Word Origin and History for chauffer


"small portable stove," 1825, variant of chafer "a vessel for heating," agent noun from chafe; form influenced by French chauffoir "a heater," from chauffer "to heat," which also is ultimately from chafe (see chauffeur).

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