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chuff

1
[ chuhf ]
/ tʃʌf /
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noun
a rustic.
a boor; churl.
a miserly fellow.
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Origin of chuff

1
First recorded in 1400–50; late Middle English chuffe, choffe, chutte, of obscure origin

Other definitions for chuff (2 of 3)

chuff2
[ chuhf, choof ]
/ tʃʌf, tʃʊf /

adjective British Dialect.
chubby; fat.
swollen with pride; proud; elated.

Origin of chuff

2
First recorded in 1600–10; compare earlier chuff “puffed cheek”

Other definitions for chuff (3 of 3)

chuff3
[ chuhf ]
/ tʃʌf /

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

Origin of chuff

3
First recorded in 1910–15; imitative
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British Dictionary definitions for chuff (1 of 3)

chuff1
/ (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

British Dictionary definitions for chuff (2 of 3)

chuff2
/ (tʃʌf) /

noun
dialect a boor; churl; sullen fellow

Word Origin for chuff

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

British Dictionary definitions for chuff (3 of 3)

chuff3
/ (tʃʌf) /

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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