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chuff

1

[ chuhf ]

noun

  1. a rustic.
  2. a boor; churl.
  3. a miserly fellow.


chuff

2

[ chuhf, choof ]

adjective

, British Dialect.
  1. chubby; fat.
  2. swollen with pride; proud; elated.

chuff

3

[ chuhf ]

noun

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

verb (used without object)

  1. to emit or proceed with chuffs; puff:

    The train chuffed along.

chuff

1

/ tʃʌf /

verb

  1. slang.
    tr; usually passive to please or delight

    he was chuffed by his pay rise



chuff

2

/ tʃʌf /

noun

  1. dialect.
    a boor; churl; sullen fellow

chuff

3

/ tʃʌf /

noun

  1. a puffing sound of or as if of a steam engine

verb

  1. intr to move while emitting such sounds

    the train chuffed on its way

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Word History and Origins

Origin of chuff1

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

Origin of chuff2

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

Origin of chuff3

First recorded in 1910–15; imitative

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Word History and Origins

Origin of chuff1

probably from chuff (adj) pleased, happy (earlier: chubby), from C16 chuff (obsolete n) a fat cheek, of unknown origin

Origin of chuff2

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

Origin of chuff3

C20: of imitative origin

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Example Sentences

I cannot see why she should be rude and chuff and disagreeable.

So the first day that the old chuff was away from home, he dressed himself like a wayfaring man, and knocked at the door.

If it happen that a crusty chuff prevents them, the threatening finale is too often fulfilled.

Mrs. Chuff's great gold watch, fastened to her stomach, gleamed there like a ball of fire.

Mrs. Chuff covered the drawing-rooms with prodigious tapestries, the work of her hands.

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