chuff

1
[ chuhf ]
/ tʃʌf /

noun

a rustic.
a boor; churl.
a miserly fellow.

Nearby words

  1. chuddar,
  2. chuddies,
  3. chuddy,
  4. chudskoye ozero,
  5. chufa,
  6. chuffed,
  7. chuffing,
  8. chuffle,
  9. chuffy,
  10. chug

Origin of chuff

1
1400–50; late Middle English chuffe, of obscure origin

chuff

2
[ chuhf, choo f ]
/ tʃʌf, tʃʊf /

adjective British Dialect.

chubby; fat.
swollen with pride; proud; elated.

Origin of chuff

2
1600–10; compare earlier chuff puffed cheek, perhaps representing Middle English cholle jowl2 conflated with uncertain elements

chuff

3
[ chuhf ]
/ tʃʌf /

noun

a sound of or like the exhaust of a steam engine.

verb (used without object)

to emit or proceed with chuffs: The train chuffed along.

Origin of chuff

3
First recorded in 1910–15; imitative

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British Dictionary definitions for chuff

chuff

1
/ (tʃʌf) /

noun

a puffing sound of or as if of a steam engine

verb

(intr) to move while emitting such soundsthe train chuffed on its way

Word Origin for chuff

C20: of imitative origin

noun

dialect a boor; churl; sullen fellow

Word Origin for chuff

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

verb

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

Word Origin for chuff

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

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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