chauffer

[chaw-fer]

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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chauffer

chaufer

noun
  1. a small portable heater or stove

Word Origin for chauffer

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

"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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